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Blog :: 11-2020

Cherokee Influence Across Blue Ridge Region Creates Rich Cultural Experience

Cherokee Influence Blue Ridge MountansThe Cherokee Indians of North Carolina were among the earliest inhabitants of Western North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and their legacy has created a rich cultural imprint on our region. The tribe’s influence is evident in the artifacts, art and agricultural methods that remain today. 

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe descended from a small group of 800 Cherokee who were either able to stay or escaped and remained here after the Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced 16,000 Cherokees to walk to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears in 1838. Others later returned from Oklahoma to their native land.

Cherokee art that still thrives in the region includes basketry, pottery, stone- and wood-carving, finger-weaving and traditional masks. Ancient American Indian agricultural methods of burning and deadening the trees and underbrush to provide needed grazing and cropland are evident today in the many fields still visible at the base of the mountains. Mountain and river names along the Blue Ridge Parkway also reflect the American Indian influence. 

Vibrant Cherokee History on Display

The heart of the Cherokees’ rich tribal history is, of course, Cherokee, N.C., located 50 miles from Asheville in Jackson County at the main N.C. entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Most of the 15,300 members of the tribe live on the Cherokee reservation (properly called the Qualla Boundary), slightly more than 56,000 acres held in trust by the federal government.Visitors to Cherokee can experience the tribe’s past and its present, brought to vibrant life, at a museum, visitor center and arts cooperative, as well as at festivals and other events throughout the year.

The state-of-the-art Museum of the Cherokee Indians here features exhibits that tell the Cherokee story, from ancient times until today. Inspired by the beauty and ingenuity of the Cherokee people, the cultural and historical tour blends interactive video and intriguing displays into a full sensory experience.

Native American Tribes Western NCA Village Brought to Life: Cherokee of the Blue Ridge

The seasonal Oconaluftee Indian Village shows what Cherokee life was like in the 1750s Southern Appalachians. Self-guided tours allow visitors to interact with craft demonstrators and other villagers in the traditional attire of the era. Winding paths, flanked with traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites are the backdrop for viewing villagers as they hull canoes, sculpt pottery and masks, weave baskets, fashion beadwork, and perform cultural dances.

The Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc., in Cherokee, founded in 1946 with the purpose of preserving and advancing Cherokee arts and crafts, is the oldest Native American Arts cooperative in the U.S. Part shopping experience, part gallery dedicated to the preservation of Cherokee’s craftsmanship and skill, the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual promotes the work of more than 350 Cherokee artisan members.

For a completely immersive experience, visitors to Cherokee can enjoy the seasonal “Unto These Hills” outdoor drama. One of the longest-running outdoor dramas in the country, “Unto These Hills” portrays the unique story of the Cherokee from a historical perspective, from 1780 to the 21stcentury.

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Ease Environmental Impact With These Green Moving Tips

Green Moving Tips AshevilleIf you’re gearing up for a move, keeping the environment in mind is easier than you might think. The Asheville area offers plenty of resources for a green move, making the impactful life change less impactful on the environment.

Moving containers

Little things like opting for eco-friendly moving containers and supplies can cut back on excessive cardboard uses, and can greatly reduce the amount of unfriendly packing materials you might use. Substitute packing materials like plastic bubble wrap and Styrofoam packing peanuts with more eco-friendly options. You can wrap and cushion delicate items with blankets, towels, sheets or clothing.

Instead of buying a bunch of brand-new moving boxes – which usually last for a handful of uses before they need to be recycled – ask friends or local businesses if they have any you can take off their hands. The Buncombe County Transfer Station offers a free moving-box exchange: Just stop by and grab as many as you need, and when you’re done moving, you can return them to the station.

You can also repurpose as moving containers items you already own. Suitcases, laundry baskets, clean garbage bins, furniture drawers and trash bags can all pull double-duty when transporting possessions. 

Pare down with sound disposal 

Hard2Recycle EventAdditionally, finding ways to soundly dispose of hard-to-recycle items you might not want to move – think that old television, dusty, unused books, or a dilapidated table – can help reduce moving costs AND stay kind to the environment.

Asheville GreenWorks offers an easy solution with its Hard 2 Recycle events. Hard 2 Recycle aims to collect and divert items that would otherwise end up crowding a landfill. In 2021, GreenWorks will be hosting 6 Hard 2 Recycle events, 2 in Henderson County and 4 in Buncombe County. At these events, they will accept electronics, appliances, styrofoam, books, batteries, and more for recycling. Their updated list of items can be found here:

Finding the next Hard 2 Recycle event is simple; just visit for a schedule, along with which items will be accepted at the upcoming event.

Donate or sell

During a move, a lot of food and other household items are often thrown out. While some perishables do need to be disposed of, things like cleaning products, health and beauty items, canned foods and other unopened, shelf-stable goods can be donated to those in need. Asheville-area organizations that accept such donations include MANNA FoodBank and Homeward Bound of WNC.

If you’re looking to clear furniture and personal item clutter, consider holding a garage sale. Not only will you save on moving unwanted possessions, you’ll keep such items out of landfills. Whatever you don’t sell can be donated to Asheville organizations for resale. Asheville Habitat for Humanity ReStore, B.E.A.R. Closet and Asheville Humane Thrift Store are a few spots that accept donated home items. 

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Mosaic Realty Ranks Among 10 Best Mobile Realty Sites in the U.S.

MyMosaicRealty.comMosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s new responsive website was just ranked among the top 10 best mobile realty sites in the nation, according to REAL Trends’ annual review. With catered landing pages, one-click quick searches, and simple account creation to make the search process easy, especially on a mobile device, is the one-stop destination for clients looking to buy or sell property in Asheville and surrounding Western N.C.

REAL Trends – a trusted source of news, analysis and information on the residential brokerage industry since 1987 – examined sites from across the country to determine its annual rankings. The idea of responsive Web design is to make websites that easily adjust to fit multiple screen sizes, from desktop computers to mobile devices. Fluid layouts, flexible images and individually catered landing pages are the three technical factors for responsive Web design.

Seeking to streamline the real estate experience, Mosaic created its new responsive website using the same strategies it implements to help its clients: listening to customer needs and taking action on their feedback. People most often start their home searches online. As a shift to mobile phone use grows, the importance of responsive Web design is greater than ever. 

Accessing on a mobile device reveals a user-friendly experience, with large tabs, streamlined menus, and simple forms for creating personalized searches. Mosaic’s mobile site also offers homebuyers easy-to-use quick searches by listings, neighborhoods, lifestyles and price. Users can dig deeper, with quick links to advanced search options like green builds, newly listed or featured properties, and affordable homes. And with a click of a button, potential clients can go beyond real estate listings to learn all about life in Asheville and the surrounding areas.

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