Vivian Garner Cottrell

Vivian Garner Cottrell

Booth 319

Vivian Garner Waytula (Cherokee)  is a generational basket weaver, having practiced the art of traditional Cherokee basket weaving since her mother first taught her. In her teens she learned how to weave the Cherokee double-walled honeysuckle and buck brush baskets and relied on her instincts as a weaver to gain knowledge of the double-woven rivercane basketry. She processes her materials for her baskets by hand and harvests everything she needs for the land surrounding her home. She creates a diverse inventory between traditional and contemporary baskets to large rivercane double weave storage baskets. During the year she attends the National Indian Markets and educates the public on Southeastern basketry.