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08.12.13 Cherokee: Soco Road

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Earlier this year I began visiting the Cherokee Reservation in the western hills of North Carolina. I’m drawn to intersections of cultural politics, geography and historical events that have marginalized communities and individuals. This interest has led me to the townships of South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and now western North Carolina. I don’t know what Cherokee will reveal to me about itself, or about myself. The history of the Cherokee people and the lands on which they live is deep and complicated and still unfolding, as is the history of the ways they have been represented.

terrain-lines_2q3e9QgvL6ETerrain (Lines). Cherokee, NC.
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Cherokee_0181Entering Cherokee on Soco Road. Cherokee, NC. August 2013.

Cherokee_0163New Railing. Cherokee, NC. August 2013.

(Earlier posts on this topic can be seen here.)

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Written by Sarah Stacke

August 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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  1. Sarah, Your introductory comments are beautifully and sensitively written. I read them several times to fully grasp the complexity of your early observations. “New rail” tells me about what happened at that spot and what the flowers represent. And the beauty of this part of North Carolina is captured in the first image. I look forward to your future posts. Love, Mom

    Mary Stacke

    August 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm


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