Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry to teach beadwork class in OKC

01/29/2019 08:15 AM
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“The Fourth Estate” beaded bandolier bag created by Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry in 2010 is an example her work. The bag includes an image of the phoenix bird used by the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper and hangs in a museum in the Cherokee Supreme Court Building in downtown Tahlequah. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry won grand prize with her beaded bandolier bag at the opening of the 23rd Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show at the Cherokee Heritage Center in August 2018. The name for the bag is “The Orange Monster’s Masquerade Ball.” It is a protest piece and uses iconography of the Mississippian mound builders and the traditions of early 19th century Cherokee beadwork to illustrate the threat posed by President Trump to both Native American nations and to the people of the United States. COURTESY
OKLAHOMA CITY – Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry will teach a Southeastern Beadwork from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 23 at the Oklahoma History Center at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City.

Participants will receive one-on-one instruction as they create their own pre-European contact Cherokee sun circle wall hanging. The cost is $150 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $175 for the general public.

Berry is nationally renowned beadwork artist and as a Cherokee National Treasure has a 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 register for the class, visit For more information, contact or call 405-522-0793.


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