Art by Cherokee Artists promotes CN, UKB, EBCI citizens
TAHLEQUAH – The group Art by Cherokee Artists is bringing together people from all three Cherokee tribes who create traditional art.
The Facebook group allows Cherokee artists to display, sell and solicit feedback from fellow artists as well as patrons. The group is an independent effort by Cherokee Nation citizens and is strictly online, David Cornsilk, the group’s head administrator, said.
Though all of the group’s administrators are CN citizens, it’s also open to Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band citizens.
“We realized that there was an opportunity for Cherokee artists to get their artwork to a wider audience and to make some sales,” he said.
Anyone is welcome to join the group to view and purchase the art, but only registered citizens of the three tribes are allowed to upload and sell art, group administrator Camilla McGinty said. This is to ensure that all is genuine Cherokee art, she said.
Though the group encourages artists to sell their artwork, it is not mandatory to do so, Cornsilk said.
Since networking and discussion is just as important of an aspect as sales, the group is divided into two corresponding groups, Cornsilk said. If an artist is only looking for feedback or exposure, they can upload their work to the discussion section and designate it as “not for sale,” he said.
The group is the brainchild of Archie Jordan, who was originally the head administrator. Cornsilk recently stepped in to fill this position after Jordan stepped down.
The group administrators are responsible for responding to member requests and vetting those who want to upload or sell art, McGinty said. The administrators do not do any sort of genealogical background research. Rather they require prospective vendors to either provide copies of their tribal citizenship cards or releases to allow the administrators to verify tribal citizenship, Cornsilk said.
McGinty created the companion website http://artbycherokees.com
to redirect traffic to the Facebook group where the activity takes place. The website was meant to give the group a presence on the web, she said.
The group is currently in its second year, McGinty said. Since it began, it has gained more than 3,100 members and has uploaded nearly 1,500 photos. Cornsilk, a jewelry maker, has sold 186 necklaces. Lila Killer, a group administrator who makes ribbon shirts and tear dresses, said there are periods of heavy business followed by durations of low activity. However, she said she’s sold “quite a few” shirts. She also often receives specific orders for clothes and has received orders as far away as Alberta, Canada.
ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᏄᏂᎬᏩᏳᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ, ᎠᏍᏚᎢᏌ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᏱ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᏁᎳ.
“ᎣᎦᏙᎴᎰᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏜᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎬᏩᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎦᏖᏃᎵᏙ ᎠᏁᏙᎲ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎤᏂᏩᎯᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ
ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏊ ᎩᎶ ᎤᏖᎳᏗᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ ᎤᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᏂᏩᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎤᏅᏌ ᎾᎿ ᏦᎢ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎨᎦᎵᏍᎪᎸᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎴᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ, ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᏗᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ Camilla McGinty ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎯᎠ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏬᏌᏂᏴ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅᎢ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᏓᎾᏛᏛᎲᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅ, ᏝᏃ ᏙᎠᏎ ᎤᏂᎾᏗᏅᏓ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Cornsilk.
ᎣᏂ ᏧᏩᎫᏛ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏏᏌᏅ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎾᏃ ᎠᏂᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᎾᏕᎬᎢ,ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᎾᏓᏗᏍᎪ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᎾᎾᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ, Cornsilk ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. ᎢᏳᏃ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᏯᎦᏖᏃᎯ ᎤᎾᏛᎪᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ, ᎬᏩᏂᎯᏯᏍᏗ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᏗ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᏪᎶᏗ ᎤᏛᎾ “Ꮭ ᎦᎾᏗᏅᏓ ᎯᎠ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᎠᏌᎹᏗᏴ ᎾᎿ Archie Jordan, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏍᎪᎵ ᎧᏁᏥᏙᎯ ᎨᏒᎢ. Cornsilk ᎾᏞᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏭᏴᏢᎩ ᎾᎿ Jordan ᎤᎴᏅᎢ.
ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᏗᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏚᏓᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏁᏍᏗ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᎾᏛᏛᎲᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎯᏯᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ McGiinty. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏂᎬᏩᏳᏌᏕᎩ Ꮭ ᏱᏓᏂᎪᎵᏱᏍᎪ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏧᏂᎶᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᎤᏂᏁᏨ ᎠᎾᏓᎾᏅᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᎾᎢ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎨᏒ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᎬᏁᎯ ᏧᏂᏃᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ ᏄᏂᎬᏩᏳᏌᏕᎩ ᎤᎾᏅᏘ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎨᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Cornsilk.
McGinty ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎠᎾᎵᎪᎲᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ website http://artbycherokees.com ᎤᏂᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏗ ᎤᎧᏛᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ. ᎾᎿ website ᎪᏢᏅᎢ ᎠᏁᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏏᎳᏕᏫᏒᎢ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎾᏊ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏓ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ, McGinty. ᏂᏓᎬᏩᎾᎴᏅᏓ, ᎤᏁᏉᏣ ᏯᏛᎾ 3,100 ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᎴ ᏚᏂᎴᏌ ᏯᏛᎾ 1,500 ᏗᏓᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ. Cornsilk, ᏗᏯᎶᏗ ᏗᎪᏢᏍᎦ, ᏚᎾᏗᎾ 186 ᏗᏯᏠᏗ. Lila Killer, ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᏄᎬᏩᏳᏌᏕᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏇᏡᎠᏗ ᏗᎾᏬ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏌᏃ ᏗᎪᏢᏍᎦ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏟᎶᏞᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᏛᏗ ᎨᏐ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏟᎶᎯᎰ ᎤᏍᎦᏃᎵ. ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ “ᎡᎵ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ” ᏗᎾᏬ ᏧᎾᏗᏅᏓ. ᎠᎴᏍᏊ ᎤᏁᏏ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏗᎾᏓᏅᏍᎩ ᎢᏅᎯ ᏂᏓᏳᏂᎩᏓ Alberta, Canada.
– TRANSLATED BY ANNA SIXKILLER