My name is Samantha Ray and I will be introducing a few important Folkmoot people through the next few blogs. The first person I interviewed is an incredible woman who works at Folkmoot as the new Cherokee Coordinator and has a stunning presence wherever she goes, her name is Lisa Spring Wilnoty and this is some information so you can get to know her a little better.
Q: As the Cherokee Coordinator what exactly do you do?
A: I organize the groups that will be performing in the festival, work with artists who will be part of Many Cultures Day & International Day. I also work on the planning of Cherokee Ambassador’s Day, this is a day that takes place during the festival as a way for Folkmoot groups and guests learn about Cherokee culture with enrolled Cherokee members. For year round programming I am preparing a Cherokee Friendship Dinners and additional programs year round.
Q: What Is your favorite part of the festival?
A: Getting the chance to meet people from all over the world as well as sharing history and culture of my people.
Q: How has Folkmoot changed your point of view?
A: It has shown me that there are organizations that care about enriching people’s lives with many cultures.
Q: How were you introduced to Folkmoot?
A: I was the Touring Coordinator for another organization and fell in love with what Folkmoot represented and how it brought people together.
Q: How else have you been involved in Folkmoot in the past?
A: I performed with the group from Cherokee and later worked with Angie to include more Cherokee aspects during the festival.
Q: What is your favorite pastime?
A: Beading, spending time with family and my pups, I am also crafty so I love doing DIY projects.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: I have 3, Sally a cat, Cinnamon a Chihuahua mix, and Primrose an American Pharaoh.
Q: What do you think your best quality is?
A: Physically my smile. I think my best attributes are organization, a passion for my history & culture, and love for helping others.
Q: What do you think is your most dominant personality trait?
A: I am very friendly and outgoing
Q: What makes you the happiest?
A: It goes back to another question because I love helping people and other cultures but I LOVE my history & culture! I feel like people is what makes this world great and when groups of people come together to celebrate one another cultures in any form really makes my heart happy!