They Were Called Kings

Shan Goshorn
7” x 8.5” x 13.5” each basket (set of three)
Arches watercolor paper, archival ink, acrylic paint, gold foil

In 1762, three Cherokee Warriors journeyed to England in the company of British lieutenant and diarist, Henry Timberlake, to meet King George III. Even though the Cherokee men spoke only their native language, the delivery of their orations and their exotic appearances made a fascinating impression on British society, who became convinced that their guests were foreign royalty. Newspapers and magazines of the time wrote daily about their activities and style of dress and an even a rather bawdy song was composed about the effect these unusual visitors had on English women. The interiors of these baskets are woven with reproductions of these historical accounts along with the King’s Royal Coat of Arms. The baskets are woven in the Cherokee style in a pattern called Water/Mountains. This design was chosen to illustrate how they traveled from their mountain homeland across the ocean. 

“They Were Called Kings” feature photographs of three contemporary members of the Warriors of the Anikituhwa, wearing their own 18th century style clothing. Traditionally, men in this position would serve as the first line of defense for the Cherokee people; currently, they serve in the role of ambassadors representing the Eastern Band of Cherokee and are role models within the community.