In the Classroom: Cherokee Journals

Students have been studying Cherokee culture – specifically the Trail of Tears.  Over several weeks, students will journal as if they were a Cherokee child on the Trail of Tears.  With the help of Anne Phillips students collected sticks outside to use as the spine of their journal and used thick black paper for the front and back cover.  Anne also brought a copy of the Cherokee alphabet and the class translated each student’s name to Cherokee.  The students personalized their journals with their Cherokee name and colored pencil drawings.  They cut paper to fit inside the journal cover and assembled the whole journal with string and a stick.

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Penland School of Crafts
NC Arts Council
Community Foundation of Western NC

Teaching Artists

Anne Phillips
Pat Benard

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