For the past seven years, WCU has selected an interdisciplinary theme for campus conversations, curricular and co-curricular connections, and enrichment. The primary focus is to educate and to offer a holistic look at something through multiple lenses. Join us this year as we celebrate all things Cherokee.
Campus themes constitute one example of a high impact practice that provides students
with common and collaborative educational experiences, opportunities to connect curricular
and co-curricular learning, and explorations of disciplines through a common framework.
Learn About the Campus Theme
The Cherokee Center serves tribal and non-tribal residents of Cherokee, NC (Qualla
Boundary) and the surrounding communities. In addition to providing activities and services, staff can provide valuable information on educational opportunities, degree requirements,
and transfer procedures.
Explore the Cherokee Center
Signature campus events throughout the academic year will highlight Cherokee connections
to the region and the university. Events include a two-day solar eclipse celebration, a performance by Tribe Called Red, the eighth annual Rooted in the Mountains symposium and more.
When it came time to select a new interdisciplinary learning theme, Western Carolina University didn’t need to look far. The heritage and tradition of a proud people permeate the very ground upon which the university is built.Read More
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day always has included Cherokee folkways, arts and crafts and the popular stickball games as a part of the daylong activities. But this year a particular focus has been placed on the heritage.Explore More
The annual symposium is an interdisciplinary forum where ethnography, literature, art, music and Native and Western science converge. This year’s theme was “duyuk’ dv’ I,” which in its simplest definition translates to “the correct way” in Cherokee, but in actuality can mean much more.Discover More
May 29 - November 10, 2017
Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics
This exhibition features the work of 11 Cherokee artists, such as Joel Queen and Davey Arch, and brings together both historic and contemporary pottery techniques. The pottery of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians originated in Western North Carolina nearly 3,000 years ago...