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Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher presented 2011 Mountain Heritage Awards on Saturday, Sept. 24 to well-known Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach and to the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, which has become a dynamic community hub in Graham County. ...
The university bestows Mountain Heritage Awards each year on one individual and one organization in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the preservation or interpretation of the history and culture of Southern Appalachia, or for outstanding contributions to research on, or interpretation of, Southern Appalachian issues.
Arneach was born and raised on the Qualla Boundary, home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. ...
Arneach first learned Cherokee legends as they were told by two storytelling uncles, David and George Owl. He moved to Atlanta to work in 1967, and in his spare time, Arneach traveled around the state of Georgia lecturing on Cherokee history and culture. Later on, he added storytelling to his presentations, and in 1993, Arneach began a full-time career as both storyteller and historian.
Arneach is now nationally recognized for his ability to present stories in a style that is humorous, informative and moving. His tales range from the “old stories” of the Cherokee to contemporary stories he has collected and others from a variety of Native American tribes. ...
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
Built of native rock with the skill and labor of many local residents, Stecoah Union School in Graham County opened to its first students in 1926. ...Read the full article