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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

03.12.13 Maggie Valley TBD

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Maggie Valley TBD is a project I recently began in the western hills of North Carolina.  This working title suggests that the direction and scope of this project is yet To Be Determined (TBD).  Maggie Valley was was named after Maggie Mae Setzer Pylant, who was born in 1890 when Maggie Valley was still an isolated settlement in the wilderness.  Today it is a tourist attraction for those visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park or the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on the nearby Cherokee Reservation.  This intersection, both geographic and cultural, between Maggie Valley and Cherokee is where my curiosity rests.

130312_Cherokee_7561Alamo Motel and Cottages.  Maggie Valley, NC.  February 15, 2013.

130312_Cherokee_7609Buffalo.  Cherokee, NC.  February 16, 2013.

Written by Sarah Stacke

March 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm