Thursday, April 23
Dr. Courtney Lewis, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina and enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, will present “‘Cherokee Handmade:’ At the Junction of Economic Development and Representation.” In 1997, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) opened their first Harrah’s casino. By 2010, the casino hosted 3.6 million visitors and garnered $386 million that year alone. During this time, the EBCI government also launched several programs to bolster their small business stability and growth. Given the enormous success of the casino, why are small business viewed as critical elements on the Qualla Boundary? Dr. Lewis will examine these founding businesses of the EBCI, their impacts on both the economy and cultural representation of the EBCI, and the specific challenges they face as American Indian businesses. Admission is free. This event is cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Club.