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    •  Virgil Ledford

    • Artisans -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Cherokee Indians -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated Indian Arts and Crafts Board photograph shows Cherokee woodcarver Virgil Ledford carving a figure of a cat or raccoon. Ledford was born and raised in the Birdtown community near Cherokee and had a talent for drawing as a young boy. ...
    •  Virgil Ledford

    • Cherokee Indians -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Artisans -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated Indian Arts and Crafts Board photograph shows Cherokee carver Virgil Ledford, who was born in 1940 in the Birdtown Community on the Qualla Boundary. Ledford began carving as a child while still in elementary school; his grandfather...
    •  Virgil Ledford

    • Cherokee Indians -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Artisans -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated photograph by an unknown photographer shows Cherokee woodcarver Virgil Ledford, who was born in 1940 in the Birdtown Community on the Qualla Boundary. Ledford began carving as a child while still in elementary school; his grandfather...
    •  Woodcarving: potter

    • Cherokee Indians -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated Indian Arts and Crafts Board photograph shows a carving of a Cherokee potter that was made by Cherokee woodcarver Virgil Ledford, who was born in 1940 in the Birdtown Community on the Qualla Boundary. Ledford began carving as a child...
    • Virgil Ledford Sculpture and Carving

    • Cherokee Indians -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This four-page brochure was produced to accompany a 1974 exhibition of work by Cherokee woodcarver Virgil Ledford. The exhibit was held at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual and included 21 pieces in cherry, buckeye, walnut, and mahogany. The...
    •  Virgil Ledford

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Artisans -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Cherokee Indians -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This October 1968 photograph was taken of Virgil Ledford while he was sanding the neck of a nearly completed wooden giraffe. Virgil Ledford (b. 1940) was born in the Birdtown Community on the Qualla Boundary. He is a member of the Eastern Band of...
    •  Woodcarving: standing fox

    • Cherokee Indians -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This photograph of a standing fox carved from wood was taken by the United States Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board. A notation on the verso reads: "Virgil Ledford, Cherokee, NC." A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee...
    •  Cherokee school woodshop

    • Schools -- North Carolina -- Cherokee Indian Reservation;
    • This undated photograph by an unknown photographer shows the exterior of the wood working shop at Cherokee High School. While many Cherokee carvers got their start carving at home under the guidance of an older family member, many then refined...
    •  Woodcarving: owl

    • Cherokee Indians -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated photograph by an unknown photographer shows a carved owl made by Cherokee woodcarver Virgil Ledford, who was born in 1940 in the Birdtown Community on the Qualla Boundary. Ledford began carving as a child while still in elementary...

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