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for NC Arts Vol. 2 Issue 3, May 1986
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When viewing the art of Native Americans, it is important to consider what life experiences one has had. Craig Locklear and Loys Anne Locklear are notable artists from Robeson County and members of the same tribe. Their artwork reflects the historical past and survival of their nation.
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. was organized in 1946 to create a market for the arts and crafts of the Cherokee Indian. Martha Ross is a basket weaver and member of the organization in North Carolina. Ross describes how Qualla has helped her to maintain essential aspects of her craft and to promote Cherokee art.
Contemporary Indian artists must produce work from within their individual frame of reference and the context of their experience. The complex issues surrounding Indian cultural history, religion, education, politics and economics raise challenges and provide inspiration for contemporary Indian artists.
The State of North Carolina declared 1986 the Year of the Native American. The purpose is to educate citizens about their Indian heritage and the role Indians have played in the state’s history. Festivals, symposia, exhibits, concerts and commemorations will mark the entire year.