Robert & Nettie Harris

Description: 

Robert (Bob) Lee Harris and Nettie (Harris) Owl, Harris in front of their home, on the present day site of 2262 Indian Trail Road. This house was formally a blacksmith shop built by Lloyd Owl, Nettie's first husband while living at the Catawba Reservation. This land is presently occupied by Nettie's great, great, great grand niece Marlene (Garcia) Pittman.

Traditional Knowledge: 

Chief Robert Lee Harris was chief for a short time in 1896. The General Council elected him again in 1941 for a two year term. He ushered in the Federal Wardship. He traveled road with Wild West shows and was a speaker of the Catawba Language. He married Nettie Harris Owl and later married again and had one daughter Winona. Robert Harris was tribal historian. Nettie Harris Owl Harris was the granddaughter of Rhoda Harris. She married into the Cherokee Nation and spent most of her life there. She put all of her children through Indian schools through her pottery sales. Much of ther pottery was made for the North Carolina Mountain trade, and she sold through her Uncle Sampson's tourist shop. All of her work is of museum quality. Late in life, she married Robert Lee Harris who was a potter in his own right.