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Fading Voices, an oral history project conducted by Eastern
Cherokees in the more traditional Snowbird community, was
originated by Gary Carden, program specialist at the Museum of
the Cherokee Indian. The project was funded in the summer of
1986 by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council and the
North Carolina Humanities Commission. The objectives of the
Fading Voices project were the identification and preservation
of vital aspects of tribal history, culture, and tradition.
All but one of the interviews were conducted in the Cherokee
language. (See Inventory for topics discussed.)
As a culmination to the project, a Fading Voices Day was held
at the Snowbird Community Center in May of 1987. The public
was invited, and those Cherokees involved in the project demonstrated their skills in basket-weaving, soap-making, coffin-building, beading, and food preparation. This demonstration day proved to be so successful that it became an annual Snowbird community event.
The material from the project was processed by the Museum
archivist and will be housed in the archives of the Museum of
the Cherokee Indian.
NOTE: For additional information on Snowbird Cherokee see
French and Hornbuckle, Cherokee Perspective. p. 58-103.
Neely, Snowbird Cherokees.
Williams, "Ethnicity in a Native American Community."
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