Cherokee Phoenix calls for 2021 homecoming T-shirt concepts

09/16/2020 01:30 PM
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Shown are four Cherokee Phoenix homecoming T-shirts from 2017-20. The Cherokee Phoenix is accepting design ideas from Cherokee artists for its 2021 T-shirt until 11:59 p.m. CST on Dec. 31. ARCHIVE
TAHLEQUAH – With its 2020 annual homecoming T-shirt for sale, the Cherokee Phoenix is calling for Cherokee artists to submit design concepts for the news organization’s 2021 shirt.

The Cherokee Phoenix is accepting complete or nearly complete drafts from Cherokee artists until 11:59 p.m. CST on Dec. 31. Artists can email detailed concepts to

For artists contemplating submitting ideas, if your concept is chosen and you sign a contract the Cherokee Phoenix will own the artwork because it’s considered a commissioned piece. As for what staff members look for in a concept, we ask that artists “think Cherokee National Holiday” and include a phoenix. The phoenix does not have to be the Cherokee Phoenix’s emblem.

In 2016, the Cherokee Phoenix commissioned Cherokee artist Buffalo Gouge to design its initial T-shirt, one that differed from the tribe’s Cherokee National Holiday shirts. For the 2017 T-shirt, the Cherokee Phoenix sought entries from artists and chose Daniel HorseChief’s concept. In 2018, the Cherokee Phoenix chose Nathalie Standingcloud’s design. In 2019, the Cherokee Phoenix selected Mallory Taylor’s design, and earlier this year, the news organization selected Codey Poindexter’s concept.

Poindexter’s design features a yellow, seven-pointed star surrounded by white-outlined booger masks representing the seven clans. The masks are surrounded by a yellow circle with seven yellow dots in each quadrant. A red phoenix sits at the bottom of the circle. Above the design, in Cherokee syllabary, are the words “Cherokee Phoenix.” Below the image, in English, are the words “CHEROKEE HOMECOMING,” as well as “2020” and Poindexter’s signature.

Poindexter said his main artistic media are computer graphics, drawings and paintings.

“I used computer graphics and a drawing to come up with this design,” he said. “I gravitated towards this medium because I am going to school at Northeastern State University for graphic design, so it’s something that I really enjoy doing and that one day I hope to make a successful career with my art.”

The 2020 shirts are black and short-sleeved with adult sizes ranging from small to 3XL. The Cherokee Phoenix is also offering a youth medium size. All shirts are priced at $21.20, tax included. To order, call 918-207-4975, email or stop by the Cherokee Phoenix office in the Annex Building (Old Motel) on the Tribal Complex.

To order online, visit


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