Native Tourism conference to have Native fashion panel
CATOOSA, Okla. – During the 15th annual American Indian Tourism Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, set for Sept. 22-26, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association will present a fashion session called Tourism Trends: Indigenous Fashion.
The panel consists of three Native designers work with traditional, historic and contemporary fashion. They will describe their journeys in clothing design and how their works are used in living history re-enactments, cultural demonstrations and mainstream fashion events.
The panel includes Cherokee Nation citizens Tonia Hogner-Weavel and Lisa Rutherford and Chickasaw Nation costume designer Margaret Roach Wheeler.
“My culture has influenced my work so much and has given me more of a voice in the fashion industry,” Wheeler said. “There is an excitement among people over fashion and designs that relate to cultural history. I'm able to design pieces that reflect tribal traditions, yet make them edgy and modern for today.”
Wheeler, a Chickasaw textile artist, teaches fashion design to high school students at the Chickasaw Arts Academy. Each year, the academy provides two students with scholarships to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is a descendant of the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes.
Hogner-Weavel, a Cherokee National Treasure for her historic research, designed the period clothing for Diligwa, a 1710 Cherokee Village, and the Cherokee tear dresses for the Cherokee Nation Youth Choir.
Rutherford is an award-winning artist who recreates southeast appliqué Cherokee beadwork and clothing, using materials as authentic as possible from the late 1700s to early 1800s. She collaborated with Navajo designer Orlando Dugi who took her traditional southeast feather cape and made it haute couture on the runway.
Other sessions at the conference include tour packaging, attracting tour operators, creating itineraries, positioning tribes for the international tour market, protecting intellectual and cultural property and working with state and federal agencies.
ᎦᏚᏏ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎾᎯᏳ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎩᎦᏚᏏᏁ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎲ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙ ᏓᎾᎧᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏅᏱᎢ ᏧᏂᏏᏍᏗ&ᏧᏂᏆᎾᏲᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏚᏏᎢ, ᏓᏒᏍᏓ ᏚᎵᏍᏗ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵᏁᎢ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᎴᏍᎦᎢ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙᎯ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ ᏙᏛᏂᎪᏩᏛᏔᏂ ᏂᏚᏍᏛ ᏧᎾᏄᏬ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏂᏫᏎᎮᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ: Indigenous Fashion.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎾ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏦᎢ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏧᏃᏢᏙᏗ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏔᏅᏒ, ᎪᎯᎦ ᎠᎴ ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ ᏧᎾᏄᏬ. ᏛᏂᏃᎮᏟ ᎤᏁᏙᎵᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎬ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎠᏁᎲ ᎠᎾᏄᏓᏗᏍᏗᏍᎬ, ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏓᎾᎾᏬᏍᎬᎢ ᏓᏍᏆᎵᏍᎨᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᎾ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Tonia Hogner-Weavel ᎠᎴ Lisa Rutherford ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏥᎩᏌ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏧᎾᏄᏬᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᏢᏍᎩ Margaret Roach Wheeler.
“ᎠᏆᏤᎵ ᏯᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᏇᏲᎲᏍᎪ ᏓᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎩᏁᎰ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᎩᏁᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅWheeler. “ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏂᏱᎸᏍᎪ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᎿ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏗᏓᏬ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏓᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎢᏗᎬᏁᏗ ᏗᎾᏬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏙᎵᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎩᎶᏒ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᏒᎢ. ᎡᎵᏊᏃ ᏕᎦᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏙᎵᎦ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏧᎾᏄᏬᏍᏗ, ᏎᏃᏍᏊ ᏗᎧᏃᏗ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏗᏙᎵᎦ ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ.”
Wheeler, ᎠᏂᏥᎩᏌ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎩ, ᏕᎨᏲᎲᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏬᏍᏗ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎢᏧᏅᏗ ᏗᎾᏬ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏥᎦᏌᎢ Arts Academy. ᏂᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒ, ᎾᎿ academy ᏓᎾᏁᏢᏍᎪ ᎠᏂᏔᎵ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏁᏓ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏂᏚᏍᏛ ᏗᎾᏬ Institute of Technology in New York. ᎠᏂᏥᎩᏌ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏣᏗ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ.
Hogner-Weavel ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᎸᏉᏔᏅᎢ ᎠᏥᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏯᎸ ᎡᏔ ᏚᎾᏄᏬᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏓᎢᎵᏒᎢ, ᏚᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᎢᏕᎲ ᏓᎾᏄᏬᏍᎬ ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎦᎵᏆᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎤᏪᏘ ᎤᏂᏚᎲᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᎦᏣᎦᎸᏗ ᏗᏌᏃ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏄᏬᏍᏗ.
Rutherford ᎾᏍᏊ ᏧᏓᏒᏅ ᎠᏏᎾᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎪᏢᏍᎪ ᎤᎦᎾᏮᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᎢᏧᏅᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏕᏫ ᏗᏯᏢᏗ ᎠᎴᏗᏍᏊ ᏗᎾᏬ, ᎬᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏄᏬ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎵᏆᏚᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏥᏓᏃᏢᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᏧᏍᏗ ᎠᎴᏗᏍᏊ ᏁᎳᏚᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏎᎢ. ᏓᏂᎪᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ Navajo ᏂᏓᏅᏁᎲᎢ Orlando Dugi ᎾᎿ ᎤᎩᏒ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎲᎢ ᎤᎦᏩᏮ
ᎸᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᏧᎩᏓᏟ ᏗᎪᏢᏔᏅ ᏗᏐᏢᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎪᎯᎨ ᏧᎾᏄᏬᏗ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏄᏅᏁᎳ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ.
ᏗᏐᎢ ᏙᏛᏍᏆᎸᎭ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏗᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎠᎪᎵᏰᎢᏓᏍᏗ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎦᎸᏗᏍᎩ, ᎠᏂᎦᏖᏃᎵᏙ ᎤᎾᏦᏙᏗ ᎠᏱᎵᏙᎯ, ᏗᎪᏢᏗ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏂᏛᎾᏛᏁᎵᏒ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎪᏢᏍᎩ, ᏧᏪᎪᏗ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏂᎦᏖᏃᎵᏙ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ, ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎲ ᎠᎴ ᏯᏛᏁᎵᏓᎠᏍ ᎠᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏩᏥᏂ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ.