One of my favorite pics from The New Yorker takeover last week. The best part was hearing from so many people within Cherokee about the pictures. #Repost @newyorkerphoto with @repostapp ・・・
This is the kitchen table in 73-year-old Deweese Wolfe’s house in the Big Cove community of Cherokee, North Carolina. I shared a homemade apple crumble here with Deweese, his granddaughter Bekka, and family friend Sarah Burkey. Deweese told us bits of Wolfe family history, Sarah talked about the tree that gave the apples for the crumble, and because Bekka said she’s thinking of becoming a nurse, we spoke of the invaluableness of kind nurses. My memories of this table are lively, but the image also speaks to solitude. Deweese and his wife Elsie raised three children and two grandchildren, including Bekka, in this house.
Now Deweese lives on his own, and just like in my own grandfather’s house - after he lost my grandmother - the items on the table moved within an arm’s length of his favorite chair and that’s where they stayed. Photo by @sarah_stacke. This week I’m sharing images from Cherokee, North Carolina, where I’m looking at the interplay between the past and the present, the Cherokees' deep connection to the land, and the everyday life that sustains twenty-first century Eastern Cherokee people. #cherokee #twentyfirstcentury #northcarolina #usa #bigcove #family