Kristy Maney Herron

Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians

Born 1979, Cherokee, North Carolina

Kristy was born and raised on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, NC. Her family is from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and The Navajo Nation. She started exploring her interest in photography in 1998. A few years later, she attended the Art Institute of Atlanta, and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography in 2004. Passionate about photography and Cherokee culture, Kristy documents life in and around Cherokee, NC, including gorgeous vistas of the area, Cherokee people, and culture. She enjoys most disciplines of photography. From landscapes to advertising, just being behind the camera is best. Her preference is photos of inanimate objects but when taking photos of people she really enjoys taking candid shots when they are most comfortable and at ease. When she’s not taking photos as part of her personal projects, or for the community in Cherokee, she spends her days with the Communications Department of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians as the Creative Resources Administrator.

Louise Goings making a quiver basket out of white oak. Taken at Cherokee Days in Washington, D.C., at The Museum of the American Indian. April 2, 2017.