Boutique to help domestic violence awareness groups
Cherokee Nation citizen Donna Shade Brown stands next to a quilt, left, that was donated by her brother-in-law Charles Murphy and a quilt, right, that was hand-stitched by her mother Geraldine Shade at her Wolf Clan Gallery and Boutique in Wagoner, Oklahoma. Shade Brown opened the shop hoping to give back to organizations such as Help-In-Crisis and the CN’s ONE FIRE Victim Services. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A mask created by Cherokee National Treasure Jane Osti, which dates back to the 1990s, is for sale at Cherokee Nation citizen Donna Shade Brown’s Wolf Clan Gallery and Boutique in Wagoner, Oklahoma. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Donna Shade Brown’s shop Wolf Clan Gallery and Boutique offers Native and non-Native art. The shop is located at 33965 Hwy 51 in Wagoner, Oklahoma. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
WAGONER, Okla. – When Cherokee Nation citizen Donna Shade Brown took a class focused on domestic violence at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah she didn’t think it would forever change her life. What she learned resonated with her and eventually led her to open Wolf Clan Gallery and Boutique with hopes of giving back to organizations such as Help-In-Crisis and the tribe’s ONE FIRE Victim Services.
“I retired from the corporate life two years ago, and I was making things at home and had given my family and friends all my little crafts that I had made, and so my son suggested that I open a shop,” she said. “We were kicking around the idea, and I had taken a class at NSU on domestic violence and it touched my heart because I didn’t know that that type of family dynamic existed. It was hard for me to understand because I kept saying, ‘why didn’t you leave? Why did you stay?’ That class touched my life. So that’s what our mission is, is to help Help-In-Crisis and ONE FIRE and donate money when we start making money.”
She said her shop offers items from Native Americans and non-Natives.
“We have everything. We have earrings. We have dreamcatchers. We have artwork. We have jewelry. We have pipes, quilts,” she said. “A lot of the work, it’s (from) people who work out of their home. That’s the main thing I want is to have a place for them to display their arts and crafts because you don’t want people coming to your house.”
Shade Brown said she features several Native artists, one of them being her cousin Matt Girty, a United Keetoowah Band citizen who sculpts.
“We’ve got stone soap pipes that he’s made,” she said. She added that she has a star quilt donated by her brother-in-law Charles Murphy, the retired chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, as well as a quilt her mother Geraldine Shade made. “It’s a little lap quilt, and it’s all hand stitched.”
Shade Brown said prices on items start at $10 and reach up to $350.
“It’s something that everybody can afford,” she said. “When you go some place and you go into a gift shop a lot of it is the same. Ours is not going to be like that. We have a little bit of everything.”
Shade Brown said when the shop starts making a profit she would give back to organizations combating domestic violence.
“We probably won’t give a whole bunch because we won’t make a whole bunch, but I think any little bit helps,” she said. “Seventy-five percent goes to the artists, and 25 percent goes to the store. Hopefully we’ll start making a profit soon so I can start giving.”
She said the shop showcases artists’ original works while helping a cause she stands behind.
“Each thing I sale, it’s personal. It means something. It’s not just you run into Target and buy something. Ours is personal. Somebody took the time to make it, and that means a lot,” she said. “It’s a good cause. It’s something that people don’t like to talk about, but it’s so much a part of our lives.”
Wolf Clan Gallery and Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. It’s located at 33965 Hwy 51. For more information, call 918-201-7070 or visit Wolf Clan Gallery Boutique Co. on Facebook.
ᏓᏆᎴᎷ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎦ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Donna Shade Brown ᏚᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏓᎾᏓᎴᎬᎢ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏓᎵᏆ ᏝᏃ ᏯᏓᏅᏖᏍᎨ ᎾᎿ ᎧᎵ ᎤᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᏗ ᎠᎴᏂᏙᎲᎢ. ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎤᏓᏅᏖᎸᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏍᏚᎢᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᎾᏅᏗ ᎠᏂᏩᏯ ᏧᏂᏴᏫ Gallery ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎤᎾᏣᏅᏙᏗ ᏧᏙᎩᏓ ᎤᏚᎩ ᏙᎤᏁᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᏯᏛᎾ Help-In-Crisis ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏌᏊ ᎠᏥᎳ ᎤᏂᏐᏅᏅ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ.
“ᏙᎢ ᎾᏆᏛᏁᎸ ᏓᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᏔᎵ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏆᎴᏅᎲ ᎪᏢᏅᏍᎬ ᎠᏇᏅᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏥᏁᎲ ᏓᏆᏓᏘᎾᎥ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏆᎵ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏉᎸᏅᏅᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏇᏣ ᎠᏧᏣ ᎤᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᏝᏅ ᏱᎭᏓᎾᏅᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᏉᏎᎸ,” ᎤᏛᏅ. “ᎪᎯ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎣᎩᏂᏃᎮᏢ, ᎠᎴ ᏗᏆᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ NSU ᎾᎿ ᏃᏒᎾ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬ ᎬᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎾᏆᎵᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᏯᏆᏅᏖ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ. ᎠᏍᏓᏴ ᎪᏟᏍᏗ ᏝᏃ ᏱᎭᏂᎩᏍᎬᏊ? ᏙᎲ ᎢᎮᏙᎮᏉ? ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏓᏆᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏆᏓᏁᏖᏗ ᎾᏆᎵᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎯᎠ ᏓᎦᏥᏍᏕᎸᎭ Help-In-Crisis ᎠᎴ ᏌᏊ ᎠᏥᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏓᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᎠᎭᏂ.”
ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏓᎾᏅ ᎤᎰᎢ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏂᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ.
“ᏂᎦᏓ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎣᎦᎭ. ᏗᏟᏯᏙ. ᎠᏍᎩᏣᏍᎬᎦᏂᏱᏍᎩ. ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅ. ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏯᏢᏗ. ᏙᎬᏯ ᎦᏅᏃ, ᏗᏰᎦᏟ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎤᏣᏍᏈᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ, ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏚᏁᏅᏒ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ. ᎤᏍᎪᎵᏴ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏝᏅᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏅᎢ ᏅᏗᏍᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏝᏃ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏲᏚᎵᏍᎪ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᏴᏟᎯᏍᏗ ᎣᏪᏅᏒᎢ.”
Shade Brown ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏚᎭ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ, ᏌᏊ ᎨᏒ ᎪᏇᏍᏗ ᎤᏩᏂ Matt Girty ᏧᏙᎩᏓ, ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ ᎨᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏲᏢᏅᏍᎩ.
“ᏙᎬᏱᏃ ᎦᏅᏃ stone soap ᏧᏬᏢᏔᏅᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᏃᏈᏏ ᏰᎦᏟ ᎤᎾᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎤᎶᏏᏴ Charles Murphy, ᎤᏑᎵᎪᏨ ᏧᏓᏘᎾᎥ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏃᎴ ᏰᎦᏟ ᎤᏥ Geraldine Shade ᎤᏬᏢᏅᎢ. ᎤᏍᏗ ᏚᏃᏢ ᎤᎾᏄᏬᏍᏙᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᏩᏰᏫᏓ.”
Shade Brown ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎠᏕᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢᏧᏈ ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᎠᏕᎸ ᏩᏍᏘ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᎩᎶ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎬᏩᏈᏴᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᎸᏢ ᏱᏪᏙᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏚᎾᏓᎾᏅ ᏯᏴᏟ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎤᏂᏝᎾᎣᎢ. ᎯᎢᏃ Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏄᏍᏕᏍᏗ. ᎯᎢᏃ Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏄᏍᏕᏍᏗ. ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎣᎩᏁᎡᏍᏗ.”
Shade Brown ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᎠᎾᎴᏅᎲ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏙᏢᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏙᏥᏁᎮᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᏲ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬ ᏚᏁᏅᏒᎢ.
“ᏝᏃ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏱᏗᎦᏲᏥᎲᏒ ᏝᎮᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏱᎬᏙᏢᎾ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏂᎦᎥᏊ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᏦᎩᏄᏓ percent ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎩᏍᎪᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎩᏄᏙᏗ percent ᎠᏓᎾᏅᎢ.
ᎠᏉᎯᏳ ᏛᏓᎴᏅᎯ ᎠᏙᏢᏍᎬ ᎾᏝᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏫᏗᎦᏥᏁᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ.”
ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏓᎾᏅ ᎤᏂᏝᏅᏗ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏅ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏐᎢ ᏙᏥᎫᏍᏛᏍᎪᎢ.
“ᏌᏆᎭ ᏥᎾᏕᎬ, ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏩᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎨᏐ. ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎨᏐᎢ. ᏝᏙ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏁᎬ ᏱᎨᏎᏍᏗ. ᎩᎶᎮᏅ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎨᏐ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᎨᏳᎯ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ Ꮭ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏳᏂᎸᏉᏓ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᏗ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎪᎢ ᎢᏕᎲᎢ.”
ᎠᏂᎠᏫ ᏧᏂᏴᏫ Gallery and Boutique ᎠᏍᏚᎢᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯ ᏌᎾᎴ ᏅᎩ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏒᎯᏰᏯ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏅᎩᎶᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏈᏕᎾ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎪᎯ ᏌᎾᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏒᎯᏰᏯ ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᎬᎢ. ᎾᎿᏃ ᎨᏒᎢ 33965 Hwy 51. ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ, ᏩᏟᏃᎮᏗ918-201-7070 or visit Wolf Clan Gallery Boutique Co. on Facebook.