in local artist Billy Welch as he leads students in the creation of a Cherokee dance mask called a “booger” mask. Cherokee mask artists like Billy typically carve from buckeye or poplar, but historically masks were also made from hornets’ nests, animal hides, and gourds. Masks made from gourds are known as “booger” masks, usually with noses made with the stem of the gourd on the front of the mask as the nose. These masks are used in the traditional Cherokee booger dance ceremony to ward off evil or harmful energies. Welch is well known for his clan masks a set of which can be seen on display in the auditorium at the Center.
All materials provided; this class will take place over the course of two consecutive evenings.
Minimum of 3 students
Registration Deadline June 19th