2011 CTA — The Cockman Family

The Cockman Family by John E. Cockman, Sr. Born and raised in Sherrill’s Ford, North Carolina, the Cockman Family has preserved and presented old-time gospel hymns to audiences for nearly 25 years. Their traditional style features four-part family harmonies with the accompaniment of traditional bluegrass instrumentation. Since launching their performing career in February of 1988,…

2012 CTA — The Heritage Quilters

The Heritage Quilters by Joyce Joines Newman The Heritage Quilters are a diverse group of women and men from Halifax, Vance, and Warren counties, North Carolina, who organized in 2001, based on their shared belief that quilt-making is one of the most widely known and personally experienced crafts for many North Carolinians. The more than…

2012 CTA — Green Grass Cloggers

Green Grass Cloggers: Folk Dance Group by Leanne E. Smith The weekend of the North Carolina Folklore Society’s 2012 annual meeting in Greenville, NC, marked forty years since the Green Grass Cloggers debuted at the 1972 World Champion Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention on April Fool’s Day—a cosmic date for a group of hairy counter-culture college…

2014 CTA — Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center

Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center: Education Hub and Resource Connector by Jesalyn Keziah Since 1997, Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center (HICC) has provided services vital to preserving, celebrating, and illuminating cultural traditions of the Native Americans of the sandhills in and around Hoke County. Their mission is to strengthen families, unite people through cultural enrichment, and enhance…

2014 CTA — Blue Monday Shad Fry

Blue Monday Shad Fry: Longtime Traditional Foodways Event by John McElwee Fifty miles into North Carolina on the Cape Fear River, a string of modest houses and a couple of churches mark the rural communities of East Arcadia, Sandyfield, and Carver’s Creek, in Bladen and Columbus counties. Their small population comprises a cluster of African-American…