Back by popular demand…again

11/13/2017 04:30 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Long-sleeve shirt concept
Thanks to the design’s popularity, the Cherokee Phoenix is bringing back its 2016 Buffalo Gouge-designed shirts for the upcoming shopping season. This time, however, the shirts will have long sleeves.

“It was a very popular design that several folks were asking about,” Executive Editor Brandon Scott said.

The front of the shirts will be identical to the T-shirts the Cherokee Phoenix sold during the 2016 holidays shopping season. The Cherokee Phoenix’s logo will be printed on the back of the shirts instead of the sleeve as it was printed on the 2016 T-shirts.

Gouge said the Cherokee National Holiday design was inspired by the original Cherokee Phoenix logo with modern modifications. As the phoenix rises from the fire, the seven Cherokee clans are featured behind the bird. The Phoenix banner is amid the bird’s wingspan, and above the banner are seven stars also representing the clans.

“In order to meet the continued demand of our 2016 holiday shirt we are bringing you a long-sleeve version just in time for colder weather,” Scott said.

A limited run of less than 150 shirts was printed in black ranging in sizes Small to 3XL. The long-sleeve shirts are $26.50 with tax included and will be available Nov. 15. Shoppers can stop by the Cherokee Phoenix office located in Room 231 of the Annex Building (old motel) on the W.W. Keeler Complex or?order by calling 918-207-4975.

Shipping is $5 per order with a maximum of three shirts per order.

In early 2016, Cherokee Phoenix staff members came up with the idea to introduce a T-shirt that differed from the tribe’s Cherokee National Holiday T-shirts. Buffalo Gouge was the inaugural Cherokee Phoenix Homecoming T-shirt designer, while Cherokee artist Daniel HorseChief was chosen as the artist for 2017.

“We also have some of the 2017 holiday shirts by artist Dan HorseChief available,” Scott said.

The Cherokee Phoenix is currently accepting concept ideas for the 2018 homecoming shirt from artists who are Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band or Eastern Band citizens. The deadline to submit a concept or concepts is midnight on Jan. 1. Artists can email detailed concepts to

For artists contemplating submitting design ideas, please note that if your concept is chosen and you sign a contract, the Cherokee Phoenix will own the artwork because we consider it a commissioned piece. As for what Phoenix staff members look for in a concept, we ask that artists “think Cherokee National Holiday” and include a phoenix.


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