"Beloved Women of the
This mural project celebrates the achievements
and recognition of the women of the Snowbird Cherokee community in this collaborative
mural to be located in the town center of Robbinsville. This mural intends to build
relationships and trust across lines of difference while celebrating an under told
and important story. The Snowbird Cherokee are a community that is part of the
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, whose land base is in Graham County. While most
mainstream shared knowledge about the Cherokee centers around their removal via the
"Trail of Tears," the Snowbird Cherokee carry the reputation of resilience and
tradition, having hidden in their mountains to escape the forced removal of
their people. That same spirit of pride and survival remains with them to this
day and there is no better evidence than in the lives of their many strong and
gifted women. The Cherokee people have long celebrated a traditional way of honoring
those within their community who have displayed a true love and concern for their
people and the preservation of their
culture, history, and nation. The revered title of "Beloved Man" or "Beloved Woman"
is given only to those who epitomize the qualities expected of a Cherokee. Snowbird
Cherokee women have proven to be strong, wise, fearless, and filled with creativity
as they have persevered through the trials of history. This remarkable community
mural will bring these qualities alive for all to see.
The mural is expected to take 12 months to paint. So stay tuned for the
unveiling date in the summer of 2020.