2.75” x 2.75” x 4”
Arches watercolor paper splints, first printed with archival inks, acrylic paint
The Cherokee have always referred to the rivers that run through the Smokey Mountains as The Long Man, a title that denotes the respect and reference accorded to the lifeblood of their world. The photograph used in this basket was taken by the artist of the Oconoluftee River, which still runs through the center of Cherokee land in the western tip of North Carolina. The river rocks that line every riverbank represent the number of lives changed when we were separated from our homeland.
Also woven into this basket are splints reproducing the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which President Jackson used as the legal document to force the Cherokee people to Indian Territory Oklahoma.