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By Example - We Lift As We Climb......

Arizona (Zona) Swayney Blankenship

Ah-mo-ya-ha

(1875-1934)

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Arizona Jane Blankenship - Rivercane Doubleweaver

Aqisona Tseni Tsusgwanvna

Great-Granddaughter of Arizona Swayney Blankenship

 Tribal Member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

1902-1908:   Arizona Swayney taught basket weaving at Hampton College in Virginia.

Zona was one of the highly esteemed and honorable citizens of the Reservation (Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation in North Carolina).  Her work and achievements among her people will long be remembered by her neighbors, friends, acquaintances, her relatives and loved ones.....from The Smoky Mountain Indian Trail - March 21, 1934. 

"Off The Reservation" 

On My Road Of Education,

I wandered off the Reservation.

Into a whole new world I traveled,

Seeking a Knowledge; I knew not where.

Things were strange and new for me

as I arrived at my Destiny.

In despair I cried out,

"Lord, help me to understand

these ways that are so different

From My Homeland." 

The Lord sent an answer to me,

"Make the most of this diverse situation,

Do it for you and for your People

 Back On The Reservation."

So now my goal is to be:

Setting an example For all,

Making My People Proud of Me.

These things I remember so well 

as I continue My Education,

Keeping in my head

the Knowledge I learn,

 so to the Indian People I will tell...

As I wander back to the Reservation.

                by Arizona Jane Blankenship

 North Carolina State University - 1976 

B.A., Business Management, North Carolina State University

 Masters of Business Administration,  Western Carolina University

Benefits and Compensation Manager for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians - Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS)

North Carolina Real Estate Broker/Dancing Stones Real Property Services

 

 

 Single-Weave and          
 Double-Weave                
 River Cane Baskets        
   by Arizona Jane Blankenship 

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Flowing Water Double Weave Rivercane Basket
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Stars On The Mountains River Cane Purse Basket
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Single Weave Double Rim Rivercane Baskets

2011 Rivercane Doubleweave Basket for my folks
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Road To Tahlequah Rivercane Doubleweave Basket
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For My Brother, Binker in Tahlequah, Oklahoma 2011

Rivercane Purse and Double Weave Baskets - 2010
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Cherokee Indian Historic Log Cabin
Cherokee Indian Historic Log Cabin


Dancing Stones Log Cabin.  Seven Pine Tree Drive.  P.O. Box 289, Cherokee, North Carolina 28719
828-497-3015
arizona@dancingstones.com 
 
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