2015 Annual Meeting


Fri, Oct 9 & Sat, Oct 10

With events in Cherokee, Dillsboro, Cullowhee

Friday events: Free, or admission on your own

Saturday events: Morning $5; $20 with lunch

Afternoon free

Friday night accommodations:
Available onsite with event registration


Spend a weekend discovering Western North Carolina with fellow cultural explorers! Join us for a curated pick of tours and site visits Friday afternoon, live music and storytelling in the music, and spend the day Saturday at WCU for a full slate of presentations and demonstrations.

Since 1913, the North Carolina Folklore Society has worked to promote and celebrate North Carolina heritage—from the state’s oldest traditions and musical forms to the newest arrivals and cuisines. For 102 years, we’ve gathered in locations across NC to network, hear from regional culture works, and of course, enjoy ourselves.




DIY Fri Afternoon

On your way to Cullowhee, explore these area attractions.

Free, or pay-your-own admission


Fri Evening



Western Carolina University (map)

3:00 Check-in for those pre-registered for on-site room North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT)

276 NCCAT Dr

Cullowhee, NC 28723

4:00-5:00 Welcome reception and special collections tour at the Hunter Library, where several exhibits are also on view.

Exhibits on View

  • Pottery Traditions in Western North Carolina
  • Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina
  • WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center: Collecting for the Community
Hunter Library

176 Central Drive

Cullowhee, NC 28723

Sponsored by the Hunter Library and the Mountain Heritage Center. The Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University is a regional resource for education and research on regional Appalachian culture.

5:00 Dinner on your own

City Lights Bookstore is in Sylva, North Carolina, a small Main Street town tucked in the heart of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Our goal is to share the literature of the region with the world, and the world of books with our community.

This exhibit focuses on Cherokee language and culture, using sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent story in words and text. It was conceived of and designed to include community input as a way to develop its content.


Sponsored by City Lights.

Sponsored by Jackson County Arts Council and Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor.

7:30 Jackson County Junior Appalachian Musicians “JAM”

The mission of JAM is to provide communities the tools and support they need to teach children to play and dance to traditional old time and bluegrass music. 

NCCAT Amphitheater

Sponsored by Jackson County Arts Council and Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor.

8:00 Storytelling with Gary Carden

Gary Carden is a master storyteller, author, and playwright who was raised by his grandparents in a house “filled with the past” in Sylva, NC. Among the many other awards he has received is the 2006 Brown-Hudson Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society and the 2012 North Carolina Award for Literature. Carden has an honorary doctorate from Western Carolina University for his work in storytelling and folklore.

NCCAT Amphitheater

Sponsored by the Mountain Heritage Center.

Overnight Accommodations

Book a single or a double room at the NCCAT conference center when you purchase your Saturday ticket.  $70 single; $100 double (includes light breakfast)


All events at North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT)

276 NCCAT Dr, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Morning Registration: $5; or $20 with lunch (must register by 9/24 to receive lunch)


Afternoon: Free and open to the public

Sat Morning

8:30 Welcome coffee and light breakfast
8:45 to 9:45 Registration
9:00 North Carolina Folklore Society business meeting
10:00 (all day)
  • Dean Reed Paddle stamped pottery and Cherokee stories demonstration (until 1:00)
In the lobby

Sponsored by Jackson County Arts Council and Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor.

Sponsored by Jackson County Arts Council and Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor.

 Sponsored by City Lights Bookstore

10:15 Morning Presentations, Speakers TBA
12:00 Lunch  (Register by 9/24 for $20 for an on-site catered lunch, or lunch on your own)

Sat Afternoon


12:00 Visit the NCCTA lobby for a pottery demonstration, language exhibit, and book sale (see details above).  In the lobby

 Keynote speaker

 Tom Belt, “Language as a Window into Culture”

Tom Belt, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is a fluent Cherokee speaker and he works closely with speakers from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to produce culturally-based Cherokee language learning material. He is now is working to create a state-of-the-art Cherokee language program at the university level. 

 Sponsored by Jackson County Arts Council and Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor.
2:30 Community Traditions and Brown Hudson Awards Ceremony Each year, the NC Folklore Society recognizes individuals who work to honor our state’s heritage, or who are exemplars of an art form or tradition.
4:30 Awards Reception  Sponsored by the NC Folklore Society and the Cherokee Studies Department, WCU.