Joseph Sanders with Rivercane Poles


Joseph Sanders is celebrated for his ability to make Catawba river blow guns. These blow guns are used for hunting small game.

Traditional Knowledge: 

Joseph Sanders was the son of John Sanders and Martha Harris. He attended Carlisle Indian Industrial in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Joseph also served his country during World War I. After the war, he married Lillie Beck, a member of the Cherokee Nation. He was a frequent informant for anthropologists visiting the reservation. He died in February 1930.