The People:
Adam Welch

Wood carver Adam Welch (1925-1985) was born in the Big Cove community on the Qualla Boundary. After retiring from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, he took up carving. Working in the house in winter and outside in summer, he made masks and animal carvings from buckeye and a variety of other woods. In 1977, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board and Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual honored him with an exhibition of his work.

Read more about Adam Welch on the Cherokee Traditions website.