The Menu

Debra Keirce


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The Menu is an original oil painting by  Debra Keirce.  The art measures 14″ x 18 1/2″ with the  frame measuring  20″ x  24 1/2″,  frame included.


Can you imagine life without grocery stores? I have tried to grow corn and beans and squash. I've tried to fish. I've never tried to keep layers of eggs. I have a tenuous relationship with poultry. Most birds hate me. They bite me or poop on me regularly, and chicken throws my digestive system into a tailspin. 

 So, what is the likelihood I would have survived life in colonial America? 

 Perhaps if I'd grown up Cherokee, I would have been raised with all the skills necessary to survive in this place I call home, hundreds of years ago? Somehow, I think I still would have been better at weaving baskets and beadwork, than growing and providing food for the tribe. 

 Before the Trail of Tears in 1830, Cherokee natives could be found across all of the Carolinas. 

 The Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, NC shares this on their website:

 "Today Cherokee people remain on part of their original homeland in the southern Appalachians. About 1,000 Cherokee people stayed after Removal.  From 1839-1889 they worked and bought back their own land.  In 1868 the federal government recognized them and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.  In 1889 North Carolina gave the a corporation.  From 1893-1948 Cherokee children were forced to attend boarding schools.   In 1930 Eastern Cherokees officially became U.S. citizens.  In 1997 they began buying back sacred sites including the Kituhwa Mound and mother town site, Cowee Mound and Hall Mountain Forest, and most recently the Tallulah Mound.

 About 15,000 people are now members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  About 9,000 of them live on tribal land, about 60,000 acres in Jackson, Swain, Graham, Macon, and Cherokee counties.  They operate their own schools, police and justice departments, hospital and health services.  They are still here."

Category: Realism, Still Life

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