By Tia Lynn Ivey
Anew exhibit exploring Native American culture will be featured at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) later this month.
“The Cherokees are one of the most prominent Southern Native American Tribes,” said Kate Rakoczy, of the MMCC. “The preservation of the Cherokee Heritage is the driving force behind the artisans in Cherokee. They want to represent and show the distinct craftsmanship of the Cherokee people while honoring their past and creating their present day craft. Through traditional and contemporary art, language, music, and dance they hope to keep their culture alive.”
The MMCC will host a very special opening reception on Friday, January 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A traditional Cherokee dance performance at 7 p.m. The even will feature Bo Taylor, the executive director of the Museum of Cherokee Indian, Matthew Tooni, a contemporary Cherokee flute player, and a group of traditional Native-American dancers from Cherokee, NC.
According to the MMCC, The traveling exhibit, on loan from the Museum of Cherokee Indian, presents the story of Lt. Henry Timberlake and Cherokee leader Ostenaco as they journeyed to each other’s countries in 1762 as Emissaries of Peace.
A former MMCC board member is responsible for bringing this culturally significant exhibit to Madison.
“Our very own Lloyd Long, brought this opportunity (the traveling exhibit, the arts & crafts exhibit, and the performers) to us,” explained Rakoczy. “Lloyd Bigwitch Long, current member and former board member of MMCC, has dreamed of bringing his love of the Cherokee Nation and his Heritage to the Center for many years. Lloyd Bigwitch Long and his sister Mary Jane grew up in and around Wrights Creek, NC on the Qualla Boundry, an area comprised of approximately 57 thousand acres, known as the Cherokee Reservation. An avid collector of Native American crafts he is proud and excited for the community to view the wonderful creations of these artisans and bring the true heritage of the Cherokee people to Madison.”
Don’t miss this family-friendly opening reception that will surely educate and inspire the local community.