Photo of clouds Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources

Information for Applicants - Mission and Focus

RTCAR's mission is to preserve, protect and teach the heritage of Cherokee traditional resources, land care and culture. We serve the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in its quest to restore the traditional Cherokee balance between maintaining and using natural resources like river cane, white oak and clay.

RTCAR aims to:

  • Preserve and protect the uniqueness of Cherokee traditional art and natural resources for future generations;
  • Reclaim Cherokee youths' interest in cultural heritage using educational methods that promote Cherokee identity and the development of positive cultural esteem;
  • Expand and disseminate public knowledge about the protection and preservation of cultural artisan resources; and
  • Expand and enhance the network of organizations that demonstrate leadership toward the realization of RTCAR's goals.