Google’s Doodle Team assembled a video with partnership with Amanda Crowe, who is a Cherokee Indian artist in honor of Native American Heritage Month. She is known for her animal woodcarvings and detailed and smooth hand made work.
In honor of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, we celebrate the life of Amanda Crowe — a renowned Native Indian artist whose art & tutelage are responsible for the resurgence of Cherokee wood carving. #GoogleDoodle → https://t.co/58YITuFdzS pic.twitter.com/DRgBOCVCNy
— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) November 9, 2018
Crowe, who was born in 1928 in North Carolina’s Qualla Cherokee community, began making figures and started drawing at age five according to the Cherokee Encyclopedia.
“I was barely big enough to handle a knife, but I knew what I wanted to do—I guess it was part of my heritage,” Crowe once said.
Crowe started selling her woodwork when she turned eight years old.
Unfortunately for her, she lost both of her parents at a very young age and she had step parents for most of her youth. Throughout this hardship, she was able to fight her way through college and eventually ended up at the Art Institute of Chicago.
She learned to work with different mediums at school but her favorite has always been wood carvings.
“The grain challenges me to create objects in three dimensions,” she explained. “A mistake or flaw in the wood will improve your design. To me, a knot can be the best part.”
From Chicago, she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree and went to Mexico so she can closely work with a famous Mexican sculptor Jose de Creeft. Later she came back to North Carolina.
Once she came back, she set up her own art studio and started teaching students what she learned through art classes.
Her work has been featured at multiple museums across the United States, such as the Atlanta’s High Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Asheville Art Museum, the Mint Museum in Charlotte and in private collections internationally.
Crowe passed away in 2004 at the age of 76.
This Google doodle was made with partnership with the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual and with the help of Crowe’s nephew and former student William ‘Bill’ H. Crowe, Jr. The design has some of Crowe’s unique work, plus “high resolution imagery” of her works housed in her homeland.