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Amanda Crowe Bio

Amanda Crowe was born on 16th July 1928 and died in 2004 aged 76. She was an Eastern Band Cherokee woodcarver and educator from Cherokee, North Carolina.
Amanda Crowe details
Amanda Crowe Age She was born 16th July 1928 in the Qualla Boundary, North Carolina
Amanda Crowe Death and Cause She died in 2014 aged 76. Her cause of death was not revealed.
Amanda Crowe Nationality American
Amanda Crowe Husband Jacques
Amanda Crowe Known For Eastern Band Cherokee Indian woodcarver and educator
Amanda Crowe Google Doodle On 9th November 2018, Google honored Amanda Crowe with a Doodle on the Native American Heritage Month by the Google American Indian Network.

Amanda Crowe Early life and Education

Amanda Crowe was born in Murphy, North Carolina to an Anglo mother and Cherokee father. By the time she reached the age of four, she had decided to become an artist. Concerning her childhood, Amanda is quoted as saying: “Every spare minute was spent in carving or studying anything available concerning art… ” At the age of eight, she was already selling her carvings.

Amanda Crowe mother and father died when she was very young. By the time she reached high school, her foster mother arranged for her to stay in Chicago, where she graduated from high school and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She earned the John Quincy Adams fellowship for foreign study in 1952 and decided to study sculpture with Jose De Creeft at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She ultimately earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1952.

Amanda Crowe Art and teaching career

In 1953, the Cherokee Historical Association invited Crowe back to North Carolina to teach studio art at Cherokee High School, where her uncle Goingback Chiltoskey was already teaching. She worked in that position for almost four decades and taught wood carving to over 2000 students.  In 1980, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1987, she was made a Life Member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Her sculptures were often animal figures. She was mainly known for her expressive bears. Her work is streamlined, highly stylized, and smoothly carved. Crowe also worked with stone and clay, but wood was her favorite media, and she carved with local woods such as wild cherry, buckeye, and black walnut.

Amanda Crowe using a hand chisel to refine a large standing bear
Amanda Crowe using a hand chisel to refine a large standing bear

Her art is sometimes likened to the work of Willard Stone. Art scholar Esther Bockhoff writes that Crowe was “undoubtedly one of the primary influences on the resurgence of Cherokee carving.”

Amanda Crowe Public Collections

Public collections that own her work include the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the United States Department of the Interior, and the National Museum of the American Indian. She has exhibited her work in museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Atlanta Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, the Asheville Art Museum, and venues in Germany and the United Kingdom.

In 1970, with funding from the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Amanda Crowe exhibited her work in the members’ gallery of Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual cooperative. She exhibited several ceramic pieces as well as a number of wood carvings in cherry, buckeye, mahogany, and walnut. Fifteen pieces of her work included popular animal carvings and three human figures: Eagle Dancer, Madonna and Child, and Reclining Figure. She preferred cherry and walnut for carving and also worked in buckeye. The grain of the wood was an important visual element for her. “The grain changes its mind sometimes without warning,” she wrote. “If it does, follow it.

Amanda Crowe Awards

Among many awards, Crowe won the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 2000.

In 1963, she was tapped by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board to teach carving in Mississippi for the Choctaw. In 2000, she was the recipient of a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award. In 2007, a collection of Crowe’s work, including tools and a series of “how to” guides, were donated posthumously to the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual permanent collection.

Amanda Crowe Google Doodle

On 9th November 2018, Google honored Amanda Crowe with a Doodle on the Native American Heritage Month by the Google American Indian Network.

Amanda Crowe Media

She also illustrated the book Cherokee Legends and the Trail of Tears, first published in 1956 and reprinted several times since.

Crowe was an avid outdoorswoman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. She restored antique automobiles and once dismantled a log cabin and moved it to her property. She traveled widely as a student, teacher, and artist. She showed her work at fairs in Arizona and California and closer to home at the Craftsman’s Fair of the Southern Highlands in Gatlinburg and Asheville.

Amanda Crowe Death and Cause

Crowe died in 2004. Many of the contemporary Eastern Band Cherokee sculptors today studied under her.


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