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CHEROKEE — An exhibit featuring creative interpretations of the Cherokee syllabary by more than 30 Cherokee artists is on display at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

The exhibit, “A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary and Contemporary Art” features over 50 works of art in a variety of media that draws on the written Cherokee language.

“We are pleased to host this gathering of works from contemporary Cherokee artists, who perfectly illustrate how our language is a living and evolving part of who we are. It is moving to see how each artist finds inspiration in their own way from this language that connects us as Cherokee people,” said Shana Bushyhead Condill, executive director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

The Cherokee Syllabary is a system of writing developed by Sequoyah in WNC the early 1800s. Through Sequoyah’s innovative work, Cherokee people embraced the writing system as an expedient form of communication and documentation.

Cherokee people continue to use the syllabary as a form of cultural expression and pride, which is showcased in the contemporary artwork of the Cherokee Citizens in this exhibition.

A visit to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian tells the story of the Cherokee over the past 13,000 years. Admission is $12. Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, click here.

This exhibition is organized in partnership by the Asheville Art Museum and Museum of the Cherokee Indian, with grant funding from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

After its conclusion in Cherokee, the exhibit will be moving to the Asheville Art Museum from November-March.