Chunestudy feels at home as CHC curator

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
01/28/2016 02:00 PM
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The Cherokee Heritage Center’s new curator, Callie Chunestudy, adjusts items on Jan. 25 in the CHC exhibit gallery in Park Hill, Okla. ROGER J GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
PARK HILL, Okla. – After more than a decade, the Cherokee Heritage Center has a new curator. One who is familiar with the center after having worked at it before.

Callie Chunestudy, 34, took over the position on Nov. 9 after former CHC Curator Mickel Yantz accepted a job with the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa.

Chunestudy is a graduate of Northeastern State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

“The Heritage Center has always held a big place in my heart. It’s where I worked at 16 on (Cherokee Nation) Summer Youth (Employment Program) and at 18 for the pottery division back when that was going on,” she said.

Through the Summer Youth Employment Program, Chunestudy said she gave tours in Adam’s Corner, the CHC’s rural village that depicts Cherokee life in the 1890s before Oklahoma statehood. Chunestudy added that she also worked in the museum archives department and as a secretary under the same employment program, giving her a total of two years experience at CHC before her current position.

As for her curator job, she said in many ways she wants to follow her predecessor’s path.

“Mickel was here 11 years, so I have big shoes to fill. He left a legacy of great shows and exhibits that he put together for the Heritage Center,” she said. “My hope is to continue that legacy while bringing new eyes and new things to the table. We have some really great shows coming up, including our current exhibit, ‘Talking Leaves to Pixels: The History of the Cherokee Syllabary,’ which runs from Jan. 15 until April 2.” Chunestudy said she is also looking forward to the 2016 Trail of Tears Art Show, which follows the syllabary exhibit.

“It will be the first time I’m completely in charge of an art show and competition, so I’m very excited about that,” she said. “And for the first time, we’re going to partner with Cherokee Art Market and also hold their youth art show and competition. So it will run concurrent, here at the Heritage Center, and the winners’ art will be up for the duration of the Trail of Tears Art Show.”

As for why she wanted the curator job, Chunestudy said she’s always been interested in helping preserve and showcase Cherokee culture.

“Art is a great way to do that because everyone can find common ground in beauty. Working at the Cherokee Heritage Center and being a good steward of our collections while helping promote the Cherokee artists that are living today is a very important goal for me,” she said.

CHC Executive Director Candessa Tehee said the CHC is fortunate to have Chunestudy join the staff again.

“She has a background in fine arts yet brings a deep understanding of Cherokee culture and communities with her to the position,” Tehee said. “Her enthusiasm for Cherokee art traditions is evident in her approach to her work and she has a bright future with the CHC.”

The CHC is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday from Sept. 16 until June 14 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday from June 15 to Sept. 15.
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᎠᏭ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏗ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ.- ᏍᎪᎯ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏂᎨᏐ ᎩᎳ ᎢᏤᎢ ᏗᎦᏘᏱ ᎤᏂᎧᏁᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎣᏍᏓᏃ ᎠᎦᏔᎯ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᎥᎿ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏟᎢᎩᏍᏓᏅᎯ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ.

Callie Chunestudy, 34, ᏅᏓᏕᏆ. 9ᏁᎢ ᎤᎴᏅᎮ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎤᏑᎵᎪᏣ Mickel Yantz ᏗᎦᏘᏱ ᎨᏒ Sherwin Miller ᎤᏪᏘ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛ Jewish Arts Tulsa ᏭᎴᏅᎮ ᏚᎩᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ.

ᎤᏴᏢᎧᎸᎬ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᏱ ᏧᏍᏆᏛ Chunestudy ᎣᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ.
“ᏓᎳᏚ ᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎤᎴᏅᎮ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ (ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ) summer youth (ᏗᎨᏥᎾᏢᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ) ᎠᎴ ᏁᎳᏚ ᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎦᏓᎫᎦ ᏧᏃᏢᏗ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᎪᎨᏱ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ, ᏥᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᏴᏫ ᎠᏂᎷᎬ Adam’s Corner, CHC ᏕᎧᏃᎯᏎᎲ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏓᏅᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏣᏁᎮ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ 1890s ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᏂ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎾ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᏔᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎴ Summer Youth Program ᏧᏪᏘ ᏗᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᏗᏍᏆᏂᎪᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᎨᏎ Chunestudy.

ᎾᏊ ᏗᎦᏘᏱ ᏥᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏠᏱᏊ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏥᏍᏓᏩᏗᏎᏍᏗ Mickel ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᏗᏍᎨᎢ Chunestudy. ᏌᏚ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏛ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎨᏌ Meckel, ᎣᏍᏛ ᏄᏛᏁᎴ ᎣᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᏕᎬᏁᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎢᏤ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏛᏁᎸᏗ ᎠᎩᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᎾᏞᎬᏊ ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ. ᎾᏊ ᎨᏒᎢ “ᏧᎦᎶᎩ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏗ ᏧᏃᏴᎦ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ” ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ 15 ᎤᏓᎴᏅᎮ ᎧᏬᏂ 12 ᎢᎪᎯᏛ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ 2016 Trail of Tears ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ.

“ᎩᎳ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎨᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗ ᏙᎦᎵᎪᏎᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᏅᏗᏍᎬ, ᎣᏍᏓᏃ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᏅᏍᎩ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏌᎭ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᎴ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ, ᏓᏲᏣᎵᏲᏂ ᏣᎳᎩ Art Market ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᏓᏲᎩᏍᏆᎸᎡᎵ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᏅᏗᏍᎩ. ᏂᎬᏯᎢᏎᏍᏗ, ᎠᎭᏂ Heritage Center, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᎾᎾᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏄᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎨᏍᏗ Trail of Tears Art Show.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏚᎵᏍᎨᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏘᏱ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ, Chunestudy ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᏃ ᎤᎸᏉᏕᎢ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᏗᏍᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᏳᏛᏅᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ.

“ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅᏃ ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎾᏂᎥᏃᏍ ᏯᏂᎪᏩᏔ ᏄᏬᏚᏒᎢ. ᏓᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Cherokee Heritage Center ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎦᏘᏗᏗᏍᏗ ᎢᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᎦᏟᏎᏅᎢ ᏱᎪᎯᏓᏃ ᏛᎦᏌᏙᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᎯᏴ ᏥᎩ ᏣᏁᎭ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᎩ ᎢᏯᏆᏛᏁᏗᎢ,” ᏗᎦᏍᎬᎢ.

CHC ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ Candessa Tehee ᎢᏳᏪᏛ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮎ CHC ᎣᏏ Chunestudy ᏏᏊ ᏧᎴᏅᎲ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ.

“ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏂᏔ ᏧᎶᏌ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎴᎪᏟᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏕᎤᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Tehee. “ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎸᏉᏛᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅᎢ ᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᏴᎪᏩᏔ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎤᏩᎬᏗᏗᏒᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ CHC.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ CHC ᎥᎿ ᏧᏙᏢᎭ 21192 S. Keeler Drive. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏉᏅᎢ ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏈᏕᎾ ᏂᏛᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ 15 ᏚᎵᏍᏗ 15 ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᏍᎢᏐᎢ.

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