Native artists find fellowship, earn esteem at Cherokee Art Market

BY CHAD HUNTER
Reporter
10/17/2019 08:30 AM
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Potter and Caddo Nation citizen Chase Kahwinhut Earles, left, shares a laugh with fellow artists Bryan Waytula and Norma Howard on Oct. 11 after winning Best of Show with his piece “Kee-wat: Caddo Home” at the 14th annual Cherokee Art Market. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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This piece created by Caddo Nation citizen Chase Kahwinhut Earles earned the top prize at this year’s Cherokee Art Market. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee National Treasure Lisa Rutherford stands next to “Da la la (Woodpecker),” her entry into this year’s Cherokee Art Market. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Marcella Yepa, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, placed second in the traditional and figurative pottery division at this year’s Cherokee Art Market for a pair of clay raccoons she made to represent her clan. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians citizen Antonio Grant, the best of division winner for traditional diverse art forms, holds his winning carved sea shell that features stickball players on Oct. 11 at a reception for the annual Cherokee Art Market at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Glenda McKay, representing the Ingalik-Athabascan tribes of Alaska, created this miniature rain parka made from a walrus stomach during the 14th annual Cherokee Art Market. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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A reception attendee studies “Chickasaw Warrior,” a judge’s choice winner at the 14th annual Cherokee Art Market. The artist is Bryan Waytula, a Cherokee artist from Sand Springs. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
CATOOSA – One of the many familiar faces at each year’s Cherokee Art Market, Choctaw-Chickasaw painter Norma Howard appreciates the event’s blend of Native American artists from across the country.

“I think the Cherokees are doing good for all tribes,” she said. “The way they honor Native Americans is good. We all have different cultures, but with that in mind, we come together as one.”

Artists specializing in beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures, textiles and more competed for a share of $75,000 in prize money, then put their works up for sale during the 14th annual Cherokee Art Market presented by Cherokee Nation Businesses.

Award-winning artwork was unveiled during an Oct. 11 reception, followed by the two-day market at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Howard, of Stigler, brushed her way to second place in the painting division for a watercolor piece called “Going Home.” She was one of 150 Native American artists representing 50-plus tribes at the event.

“It’s great to see all the different cultures come together,” Deborah Fritts, art market coordinator, said. “(Artist David McElroy), he is Choctaw, but he named his piece ‘The Gift of the Deer to the Cherokee,’ and he has Cherokee syllabary on it. So it is a merge of cultures. Often, a lot of people are a mix of different tribes; they’re not just one tribe.”

Former best of show winner and avid art competitor Glenda McKay said she enjoys the event “because it’s more personal.”

“It’s not so big that you get lost in the shuffle, and we get to meet all our friends we don’t get to see often,” she said.

McKay, representing the Ingalik-Athabascan tribes of Alaska, won best of class this year in the diverse art forms division for an ivory seal harpoon, and second place for a miniature rain parka made from a walrus stomach.

“I was just so excited to see the ribbons,” she said, adding that her harpoon can double as an emergency whistle to call for help. “If a polar bear is coming up on them, they can blow the whistle because the noise travels across the water and ice.”

An artist closer to home, Cherokee National Treasure Lisa Rutherford, took home one of the six judge’s choice awards for “Da la la (Woodpecker),” a red, white and black feather cape and twine-style skirt.

“I’m pretty excited,” she said. “I worked so hard. I’ve been working on that feather cape for at least a month. I’d been tying feathers weekly before that.”

Marcella Yepa, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was excited to discover she placed in the traditional and figurative pottery division for a pair of clay raccoons.

“I’m half Chickasaw and half Jemez Pueblo. In my Chickasaw clan, I’m a raccoon clan,” she said, adding that her pieces are hand-coiled. “I was raised by my grandmother in the Jemez Pueblo, so that’s how I learned pottery.”

Another potter, Caddo Nation citizen Chase Kahwinhut Earles, earned top honors with Best in Show for his piece called “Kee-wat: Caddo Home.”

“I didn’t see that coming,” he said after the win.

A third of the artists were Cherokees from the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians or United Keetoowah Band.

Cherokee National Treasures in the show were Martha Berry, Vivian Garner Cottrell, Richard W. Fields, Thelma Forrest, Dorothy Ice, Troy Jackson, Vyrl Keeter, Clesta Manley, Eddie Morrison, Jane Osti, Lisa Rutherford, Betty Jo Smith, Candessa Tehee and Tommy Wildcat.

Other artists representing the CN were Mary Aitson, Dwayne Barnes, Karen Berry, Courtney Biggs, Joe Don Brave, Eva Cantrell, Toneh Chuleewah, Judy Comtois, Dan Corley, Crystal Hanna, Cody E. Harjo, Kenny L. Henson, Renee Hoover, Dino Kingfisher, Talon Kingfisher, John Knotts, Carrie Lind, Ramona Lossie, Marie Janelle Martin, Ron Mitchell, Traci Rabbit, Tama Roberts, Emma Sherron, Janet L. Smith, Karin Walkingstick, Crystal Acuff Walters and Bryan Waytula. EBCI artists were Joshua Adams, General Grant, Antonio Grant and Lucille Lossiah. Mel Cornshucker and Dorothy Ice represented the UKB.

This year’s event also featured cultural demonstrations, including jewelry, weaving, Native fashion, quillwork and basketry.


Best of Class winners

Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography

Tony Tiger, Sac and Fox/Seminole Nation/Muscogee Creek Nation, “Yellow Earth People”

Sculpture

Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, “The Passing of a Generation”

Beadwork/Quillwork

Ken Williams Jr., Northern Arapaho/Seneca, “Photoshoot: Pose- Mabel, a Comanche Beauty”

Basketry

David McElroy, Choctaw Nation, “The Gift of the Deer to the Cherokee”

Pottery

Chase Kahwinhut Earles, Caddo Nation, “Kee-wat: Caddo Home”

Textiles B

Karen Berry, Cherokee Nation, “Ebb and Flow”

Jewelry

Peter Nez Nelson, Navajo Nation, “Separation of Seasons”

Diverse Art Forms

Glenda McKay, Ingalik-Athabascan, “Seal Harpoon & Sheath”

For a complete list of winners, visit CherokeeArtMarket.com.
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ᎧᏚᏒ - ᏌᏉᎢ ᎪᏟᏍᏗ ᎡᏙᎲᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ, ᏣᏔ-ᏥᎧᏌ ᏗᏑᏫᏍᎩ Norma Howard ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏰᎸᏎᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᏁᏙᎲᎢ ᎬᏁᎯᏴ ᎠᎹᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎹᏰᎵ ᏂᎬᎾᏛᏅᎢ.

“ᏂᎨᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᏓᎾᏛᏁᎭ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎬᏁᎯᏴ ᎠᎹᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ. ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᎢᏲᎦᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᏚᏓᎴᎿᎠ, ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ ᎢᎦᏅᏓ, ᏌᏉᏃ ᏂᏓᎵᏍᏗᎰᎢ.”

ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏏᎾᏏ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏯᏟᏗ ᏓᏅᏍᎬᎢ, ᎦᏙᏆᎸ, ᏓᏂᏑᏫᏍᎬᎢ, ᏔᎷᏣ, ᎠᏂᏲᏢᏍᎬᎢ, ᏗᎿᏬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏗ ᏓᎾᎵᎪᏂᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏒᎲᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮎ ᎤᏂᏯᏙᏢᎢ $75,000 ᎠᏓᏌᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ, ᎾᏊᏃ ᎤᏂᏍᎪᏟᏙᎢ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ 14ᏏᏁ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎵᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏅᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎲᎢ.

ᎤᏓᏌᏅᎢ ᎤᏬᏢᏅᎢ ᎫᏝᎥᎢ ᎤᏄᏞᏎᎢ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ 11 ᎧᎸᎢ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎲᎢ, ᎣᏂᏃ ᏔᎵ-ᏔᎦ ᎠᏂᏅᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎥᎿᎾ Hard Rock & Casino Tulsa.

Howard, Stigler ᏂᏓᏰᎯ, ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏓᏌᎲᏍᏗ ᎤᏓᏠᏎᎢ ᏓᏑᏫᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎹ ᏗᏑᏫᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ “ᎢᎡᎬᎢ ᏧᏪᏅᏒᎢ.” ᎪᏎᎲᎢ ᏌᏉᏃ ᎨᏒᎩ 150 ᎢᏳᏂᏨᎢ ᎬᏁᎯᏴᎢ ᎠᎹᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏁᏙᎲᎢ 50-ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎠᏁᏙᎲᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎣᏒᎢ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎢᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᏌᏉᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ,” Deborah Fritts, ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏅᏔᏅᏍᎩ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏌᏕᎩ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ. “(ᎪᏢᏅᏍᎩ David McElroy), ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏣᏘ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏬᏢᏅᎢ “ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᎭᏫ ᏧᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ,” ᏧᏬᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏚᏬᏪᎳ ᎥᎿ ᎤᏬᏢᏅᎢ. ᎢᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏌᏉᎢ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ. ᏳᏓᎵᏃ, ᎤᎾᏛᏍᏈᏍᏙᏒᎢ ᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᎬᎭᎵ ᏄᎾᏓᎴᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ, ᎥᏝ ᏌᏉ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏱᎩ.”

ᎢᎬᏱᏱ ᎤᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎸᏉᏗ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ Glenda McKay ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏰᎸᏒᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎲᎢ
“ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎤᎪᏙᎢ ᎣᏤᎵᎢ ᏂᎬᏫᏍᏙᎢ.”
“ᎥᏝᏃ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᏂᎧ ᎬᏮᎴᎾᎯᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᏦᎦᎵᎢ ᏙᏣᏠᏍᎪᎢ ᎪᎯᎩ ᏗᎦᏲᎦᏓᎪᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

McKay, ᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ Ꮎ Ingalik-Athabascan ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎠᎳᏍᎦ ᎠᏁᎯ, ᎤᏓᏠᏎᎢ ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ ᎪᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎠᏖᎳᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎧᎾᏫ ᎪᏢᏅᏔᏅᎢ ᏏᎵ ᏗᎦᏘᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏁᎢ ᎤᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎦᏍᎦ ᎠᎿᏬᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᎦᏅᎯᏓ ᏗᎦᏅᏙᎩ ᎠᎺᏉᎢ ᎡᎯ ᎤᏍᏉᏟᎢ ᎪᏢᏅᏔᏅᎢ.

“ᎢᎦᏃ ᎠᏆᏍᏆᏂᎪᏒᎢ ᏓᎩᎪᎭ ᏗᏇᏡᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏤᎵᎢ ᏗᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏒᎩᏍᏙᏗ ᏴᎬᏗ ᎤᏚᏟᏗ ᏱᏃᏛᎾ ᎤᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏗᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᎬ ᎤᏁᎬ ᏲᎾ ᏳᏂᏰᎶᎢᏍᏔᏂᏓᏟ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏯᎾᏒᏅᎩ ᎤᏃᏴᎬᎢ ᏴᏛᎬᎥᎦ ᏍᏆᏂᏗᏜ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏁᏍᎶᎢ ᎤᏥᏣᎢ.”

ᏐᎢᏃ ᎪᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ ᎡᎯ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎡᎯ ᎪᏢᏅᏍᎩ Lisa Rutherford, ᎤᏓᏠᏎᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎫᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᏑᏯᎩᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᎳᎳ,” ᎩᎦᎨ, ᎤᏁᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎬᎿᎨ ᎤᎩᏓᏟ ᎠᏐᏢᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏍᏘ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏌᎬ.

“ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢᏂ. “ᏍᏓᏱᏃ ᏓᎸᏣᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ. ᏏᏅᏓᏃ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᏂᏓᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ ᎪᏢᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏐᏢᏗ.”

Marcella Yepa, Albuquerque, ᎢᏤᎢ ᏍᏆᏂ, ᎣᏍᏓᏃ ᎤᏰᎸᏎᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏍᎩᏯᎢ ᎤᏓᏠᏎᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏔᎵᎭ ᎬᏟ ᎦᏙᏆᎸ ᏗᎪᏪᏅᏔᏅᎢ.

“ᏥᎦᏌ ᎠᏩᎬᎭᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏰᏟᏴ Jemez Pueblo. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᎦᏌ ᏗᎩᏴᏫ, ᎬᏟ ᏗᎩᏴᏫ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏬᏢᏅᎢ ᎤᏬᏰᏂᏭ ᎬᏗ ᎢᏧᏮᏁᎸᎢ. “ᎡᎵᏏ ᎠᏩᏛᎯᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎥᎿ Jemez Pueblo, ᎥᎿᏃ ᎠᏆᏕᎶᏆᎠ ᎦᏙᏆᎸ ᏗᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ.”

ᏐᎢᏃ ᎦᏙᏆᎸ ᎪᏢᏅᏍᎩ, Caddo ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Chase Kahwinhut Earles, ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᎬᏓᏑᎲᏍᏗ ᎤᏓᏒᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏂᎦᏪᏎᎰᎢ “Kee-wat: Caddo ᎤᏪᏅᏒᎢ.”

ᎥᏝ ᏱᎨᎵᏍᎨᎢ ᎥᏍᎩ.ᏗᎦᎵᏍᏔᏂᏒᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏁᎢ ᎤᏓᏠᏌ.

ᏦᎢᏁᏃ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ’Ꮓ ᎨᏒᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ, ᏗᎧᎸᎬᎢ’Ꮓ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ.

ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎨᏒ Martha Berry, Vivian Garner Cttrell, Richard W. Fields, Thelma Forrest, Dorothy Ice, Troy Jackson, Vyrl Keeter, Clesta Manley, Eddie Morrison, Jane Osti, Lisa Rutherford, Betty Jo Smith, Candessa Tehee and Tommy Wildcat.

ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᏥᏅᏏᏓ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Mary Aitson, Dwayne Barnes, Karen Berry, Courtney Biggs, Joe Don Brave, Eva Cantrell, Toneh Chuleewah, Judy Comtois, Dan Corley, Crystel Hanna, Cody E. Harjo, Kenny L. Henson, Renee Hoover, Dino Kingfisher, Talon Kingfisher, John Knotts, Carrie Lind, Ramona Lossie, Marie Janelle Martin, Ron Mitchell, Traci Rabbit, Tama Roberts, Emma Sherron, Janet L. Smith, Karin Walkingstick, Crystal Acuff Walters ᎠᎴ Bryn Waytula. EBCI ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎥᎨᏒᎢ Joshua Adams, General Grant, Antonio Grant ᎠᎴ Lucille Lossiah. Mel Cornshucker ᎠᎴ Dorothy Ice ᎨᏥᏅᏏᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ.

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