Cherokee National Treasure to teach class in Oklahoma City

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/06/2020 03:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Students of Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry will make a pre-European contact Cherokee sun circle wall hanging during her Feb. 22 class in Oklahoma City. COURTESY
OKLAHOMA CITY – Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry will teach a Southeastern Beadwork class at the Oklahoma History Center 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 22.

The cost for the class is $150 for OHS members and $175 for non-members, which includes all materials necessary to produce a pre-European contact Cherokee sun circle wall hanging. The class is open to participants 18 and over, and the class size is limited. Registration is required and closes Feb. 11.

Berry is nationally renowned beadwork artist and as a Cherokee National Treasure has an honored place among Cherokee Nation artists. She was born and raised in Tulsa. Her grandmother and mother taught her how to sew and embroider at age five, and she later became a professional seamstress.

As a Cherokee artist Berry creates elaborately beaded bandolier bags, moccasins, belts, knee bands, purses and sashes inspired by the styles of Southeastern tribes including the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, Yuchi and Alabama. Her work is displayed in museums throughout the country.

Berry, of the Dallas area, is credited with helping bring back beading as an art form to the Cherokee people and makes time to teach others her craft.

To learn more about Martha Berry, visit www.berrybeadwork.com.

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