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Monday, August 8, 2011

"Cherokee in a Changing World" was BIG!

Folks, we apologize for not getting you a recap sooner. We've been working on several marketing projects to make the show bigger, better, and more well-known here in WNC and the Southeast. Simply put, last Thursday night's Liars Bench at Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Center was even bigger than our first show. Here’s the photos:
A painting of the "Booger Dance"

Garfield Long, a Cherokee Gospel singer kicked off the night with "Amazing Grace," in both English and Cherokee.

Paul Iarussi sang a great old-time tune about "Handsome Molly."

Gary Carden and Lloyd Arneach did a 'tag-team' story on white tourists and the Nunnihi.

Paul sang a murder ballad, "Down in the Garden."

Jane Eastman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of Cherokee Studies gave an interesting talk with slides on the Cherokee village that came before Cullowhee and WCU.

Davy Arch, master Cherokee mask carver, presented many Cherokee ceremonial masks and talked about the "Booger" dance.
                                                 Some of the masks used in Cherokee rituals

Barbara McRae, Editor of the Franklin Press, helped us to understand what William Bartram may have seen at the Nikwasi mound located in the present day Franklin.

Barbara Duncan, one of the members of The Liars Bench performed original songs from her new album "Music Says Go."

Robert Conley, Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies, read a story about Cherokees in Oklahoma attempting to make-off with a plastic statue of Hiawatha.

The audience loved it.

Bodine and the rest of the Liars Bench Bunch thank you for supporting The Liars Bench, WNCs only live, authentic traditional storytelling, music, poetry, drama, folk arts presentation!

Coming in September; "Folklore, Lies, and Tall tales" on Thursday September 1 at 7pm at the MHC (227.7129) and, drum-roll please, Mountain Heritage Day. Please check back for updates on our performers and more detailed information on our coming show dates. Thank you Liars Bench Bunch fans.
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