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About RTCAR - The Partners We Seek

RTCAR's partners are those who have innovative ideas and the ability to collaborate with others to produce even greater results than could be accomplished through individual pursuits.

Potential partners include artisans, university researchers, landowners, government agencies (EBCI, federal and state), and other funders (private foundation and government agencies) that would consider RTCAR's endeavors to be good investments. Applicants may be located beyond the Qualla Boundary and the seven-county area in western North Carolina that Cherokee Preservation Foundation generally serves (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties), provided that the natural resources they develop will be available to Cherokee artisans.

For starters, we seek partners who can help:

  • Map existing natural resources so we can establish what resources are presently available, where they are located and how to access them.
  • Develop new and renewed sources of river cane and other materials for Cherokee arts through habitat restoration or research that leads to sustainable harvesting techniques.
  • Involve elders in teaching and mentoring younger tribal members so that future generations will understand, value and carry on traditional Cherokee arts.
  • Develop educational curricula for area schools (K-12), colleges and universities to teach traditional methods of caring for and harvesting natural resources.
  • Increase the market access and business skills of Cherokee artisans.
  • Develop innovative model leases, management agreements, or protection plans for lands harboring valuable resources.

And these are just the partners we already know we are looking for! We are eager to see breakthrough proposals for programs that will help us restore the traditional Cherokee balance between maintaining and using natural resources, not just within the Qualla Boundary, but also throughout western North Carolina.