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Q: Is your art for sale?
A: Yes. One can tell if a particular piece is for sale
by going to the gallery that features that vessel and clicking on the
piece. This will take you to an information page that features the mythology
or history behind that particular piece as well as additional information
such as size, color and availability. Each of the pieces in the Cherokee
Images galleries are either currently for sale or have already been
sold and placed in private collections. If a particular piece has already
been sold, the information page for that piece will state "Private
Collection". If it is available for purchase, the price will
Q: Can you make a piece of pottery just
A: The answer to this is no and here's why. Each of the vessels
are handmade using centuries old techniques like the old ones. They
are created one coil at at time and fired usually no more than two or
three vessels at a time. They are unique and although another piece
may be created at some time similar to another piece, no two pieces
will ever be the same.
Q: Where do the Cherokees live
A: This is a very good question. The best answer is just about
everywhere! Approximately 45% of the tribal population of the Cherokee
Nation of Oklahoma live within the 14 county tribal jurisdiction area
in NE Oklahoma. That means that 55% live somewhere else, such as another
area of Oklahoma, another state or another country. There are Cherokee
organizations across the United States that are designed to give Cherokee
people a sense of community away from the tribal area. There are also
numerous groups seeking recognition by the federal government as a Cherokee
tribal group. Currently however, there are only three groups officially
recognized by the federal government as tribal entities. These are the
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, The Eastern Band of Cherokees
(North Carolina), and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees
Q: My school is having 'Indian
Day'. Can you help me?
A: Yes! I want to help but it's not usually in the expected
way. I get asked a lot if I can send some artwork to a school or organization
or if I know of someone in New York or California or Cleveland that
can come and dance. My answer to both questions is no. I understand
people's desire to celebrate America's indigenous people and I commend
it. But to me, one of the best ways to celebrate America's indigenous
people is to truly try and understand the people. Build a recognition
based on accurate information that reflects Native people today.
Too many times Native people are trapped in the past and get trapped
in one image (usually a headdress and horses) that represents all Native
people. With nearly 400 different tribal groups and well over 200 languages
spoken today, one image and one past is not sufficient. It is important
to show America's Native people as contributing (art, language,
culture), evolving (modern tribal governments, land areas, role
models) and most importantly... alive! Like all people, while
it is vital to remember the past because it truly is our foundation,
we cannot live there.
Q: Where can I get more information
about Native people?
A: The best place to begin is where you least expect it...
in your own backyard! If you live in a large American city, or close
to one, chances are there is at least one Native American organization
there. According to the 1990 Census, 50% of America's tribal people
live in urban areas. Start by looking in your Yellow Pages or on the
Worldwide Web. If you live west of the Mississippi, chances are there
are one or more reservations or tribal areas in your state. Call them.
They probably have a tribal headquarters and can refer you to a department
that can answer your questions or refer you to a list of tribal members
or resources. Go to your local public, college or university library.
There is a wide range of contemporary books on various American Indian
subjects. Don't limit yourself only to books however. Utilize magazines
such as "Native Peoples", videos, publishing houses specializing
in Native American titles (University of Oklahoma Press) and, of course,
the Worldwide Web. A good place to begin your journey is the Cherokee
Images "Discovering Native America"