The 47th an­nual Trail of Tears Art Show opens April 7 at the Cherokee Her­itage Cen­ter in Ok­la­homa.

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The 47th an­nual Trail of Tears Art Show opens April 7 at the Cherokee Her­itage Cen­ter in Ok­la­homa.

The long­est-run­ning Amer­i­can In­dian art show in Ok­la­homa re­turns to the Cherokee Her­itage Cen­ter with the 47th an­nual Trail of Tears Art Show (TOTAS). The artists, all of whom are cit­i­zens of fed­er­ally rec­og­nized Amer­i­can In­dian tribes or na­tions, com­pete for more than $15,000 in the cat­e­gories of paint­ing, sculp­ture, pot­tery, bas­ketry, graph­ics, jewelry and minia­tures.

“As an in­ter-tribal show and sale, TOTAS has the po­ten­tial to ed­u­cate vis­i­tors about the in­di­vid­ual iden­ti­ties of tribes,” says Cal­lie Chunes­tudy, cu­ra­tor at Cherokee Her­itage Cen­ter. “I hope this show can play a role in rais­ing aware­ness about the unique­ness of these cul­tures and aid in ef­forts to end the Pan-in­dian era that we have ex­pe­ri­enced in the past.”

The show opens April 7 and runs through May 5, and in ad­di­tion to the ex­hibit open­ing, sev­eral Cherokee Na­tional Trea­sures will be on hand April 7 to sign copies of the re­cently re­leased Cherokee Na­tional Trea­sures: In Their Own Words. An awards

re­cep­tion will be held on April 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cherokee Her­itage Cen­ter to rec­og­nize hon­orees in each cat­e­gory.

“Some artists have par­tic­i­pated for decades, so we are al­ways look­ing for ways to chal­lenge our re­turn­ing artists,” Chunes­tudy says. “This year, we are in­creas­ing the size lim­its within the sculp­ture di­vi­sion and are look­ing for­ward to see­ing their re­sponse. This show also de­buts a lot of emerg­ing artists, and it is ex­cit­ing to see new styles and per­spec­tive en­ter in the mar­ket.”

Last year’s show saw the grand prize go to Tony Tiger of the Cherokee Na­tion for his piece Meta­mor­pho­sis, an ab­stract work of bright col­ors, bold pat­terns and elo­quent sym­me­try. Renee Hoover, Cherokee Na­tion, re­ceived first place in the bas­ketry di­vi­sion for My Mother’s Bas­ket, a con­tem­po­rary dou­ble-walled reed bas­ket with corn em­bel­lish­ments. First and se­cond place in jewelry went to Toneh Chulee­wah, Cherokee Na­tion, for his Cop­per Style Bracelet and Rat­tlesnake Pen­dant, re­spec­tively. Chulee­wah also won an hon­or­able men­tion for his piece What’s Old is New.

“The Cherokee Her­itage Cen­ter has a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­vid­ing the high­est qual­ity, cul­tur­ally sound work to col­lec­tors across the coun­try,” says Chunes­tudy. “While our pri­mary mis­sion is to pre­serve, pro­mote and teach Cherokee his­tory and cul­ture, the Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale en­ables us to foster the per­pet­u­a­tion of cul­ture and art from all fed­er­ally rec­og­nized tribes.”

For in­for­ma­tion on the Trail of Tears Art Show, 2018 sea­son events, op­er­at­ing hours and pro­grams, con­tact the Cherokee Her­itage Cen­ter at (888) 999-6007 or visit the cen­ter’s web­site.

1. Artist Brenda Brad­ford, the 2017 First Place win­ner for the Graph­ics Cat­e­gory, with Jr. Miss Cherokee Lau­ryn Skye Mccoy and Miss Cherokee Sky Wild­cat.

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Toneh Chulee­wah, Cherokee Na­tion, re­ceived first place in the Jewelry di­vi­sion for his Cop­per Style Bracelet.

Artist Toneh Chulee­wah, 2017 First and Se­cond Place win­ner for the Jewelry Cat­e­gory.

4. 5. 6. Renee Hoover, Cherokee Na­tion, re­ceived first place in the Bas­ketry di­vi­sion for My Mother’s Bas­ket.

The 2017 Grand Prize was awarded to Tony Tiger, Cherokee Na­tion, for his work Meta­mor­pho­sis.

The Cherokee Na­tional Mu­seum in Park Hill, Ok­la­homa.

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