Matt Anderson to speak at ITGHS meeting on Feb. 25
Cherokee artist Matthew Anderson talks to students from the Cherokee Immersion School about a magnetic wall where people could arrange color designs for Cherokee baskets. The station was part of the “1710 Cherokee Hands-On Exhibit” at the CHC in December 2014 when Anderson served as an artist in residence. He will be the presenter for the Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society meeting on Feb. 25 in the John Vaughn NSU Library. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – The regular meeting of the Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society will begin at 7 p.m., Feb. 25 in the John Vaughn NSU Library.
This month’s presenter is Matthew “Matt” Anderson who works at the Cherokee Arts Center and Spider Gallery located in downtown Tahlequah. A multi-media artist, Anderson teaches various art classes, helps other artists sharpen their skills in business training and professional development while also serving as curator of the Spider Gallery for the Cherokee Nation Commerce Department.
Anderson’s Cherokee roots go back several generations, and he attributes his cultural knowledge to relatives who passed on their knowledge to family members throughout the years. Basket weaving skills were passed on for at least seven generations, and he traces his 6th great-grandfather, Chief Big Cabin, back to the time when the old CN became the state of Georgia before the Trail of Tears.
His family was removed to California for three years back when other Cherokee families were also relocated there by the federal government, but they have always considered Tahlequah their home and now most reside not far from the their original land allotment in the Goingsnake District, which includes Adair County.
He attended Connors State College of Nursing and was employed by Indian Health Services in nursing. He still engages in private duty nursing. He also has worked at the Cherokee Heritage Center and credits that time as cultivating his living history experience.
Anderson has won awards in pottery, basketry, textiles and painting in addition to being a historian, teacher and storyteller and shares these skills not only at the Cherokee Art Center but also at Northeastern State University and Connors State College, various communities and public schools. Some of his work can be viewed on his Facebook page.
Visitors are always welcome to attend Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society meetings at no cost. Meetings are held monthly when NSU is in regular session. For more information, call Anita Dieter at 918-207-9023.