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Google Doodle honors Amanda Crowe, who led resurgence of Native American art



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The Google Doodle showcases Amanda Crowe's art.


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Friday's celebrates Amanda Crowe, a Cherokee artist whose animal carvings kick-started a Native American art revival.

The video Doodle highlights Crowe's work and words, with music by her nephew Bill,

Mutual, the country's oldest American Indian cooperative, located in Cherokee, North Carolina. Crowe's work has also been seen at Atlanta's High Museum and Charlotte's Mint Museum.

Crowe was born at North Carolina's Qualla Boundary, a site owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, on July 16, 1928, and started making art four years ago later, learning from her woodcarver uncle Goingback Chiltoskey.

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Crowe illustrated Cherokee Legends and the Trail of Tears.


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"The grain challenges me to create objects in three dimensions," she said of her craft. "A mistake or flaw in the wood wants to improve your design."

Graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1952 , then studied with sculptor José de Creeft in Mexico before returning home to teach classes at Cherokee High School.

Cherokee Legends and the Trail of Tears. She died in 2004.

In many countries outside the US, Friday's Doodle paid tribute to Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu, one of the world's first female engineers, on what had been her 131st birthday.

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