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World's Largest Cherokee Basket

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Standing at eight feet tall and with a 45-inch base, the world's largest Cherokee basket is now on display at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

It took Cherokee National Treasure Rachel Dew and Donnay Leach of Tahlequah over four months to weave the massive flat reed basket.  

This duo has been making baskets for more than 30 years.  However, this past year was the first time they started building flat reed baskets.   

This basket means more than just breaking a world record to Dew.  This hobby has sentimental value as well.

"Baskets have always been an important part of our Cherokee culture," said Dew.  "My ancestors were renowned for their basketry skills, and I'm just doing my part to keep that part of the culture alive."

The public can visit the exhibit to see the massive work from now until August 19th in the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah.

After the exhibit closes, the basket will remain on display for the public at the same location.

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