Barbara Reimensnyder Duncan works as Education Director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, N.C. She has a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and B.A. in English from Bucknell University. 
She has written books and articles about Cherokee history and culture and about Pennsylvania folk medicine. Living Stories of the Cherokee received the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award and World Storytelling Award. The Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook (with co-author Brett Riggs) received the Preserve America Presidential Award. Duncan received the Brown Hudson Folklore Award in 2008 for contributions to the study of North Carolina folklore. Her first book of poetry, Crossing Cowee Mountain, was published by New Native Press, Tuckaseegee NC. Duncan is also a singer and songwriter, and recently became a grandmother. She lives on Camp Creek, a tributary of the Tuckaseegee.