TULSA – Skip the line in stores and skip national supply chain issues and shop for premier Native American art at the 16th Cherokee Art Market, held virtually until December 17th.
“The Cherokee Art Market is more than a market. It is a celebration of the beautiful flourishing cultures of indigenous peoples around the world, ”said Senior Chef Chuck Hoskin Jr.“ As we look forward to when we can return to the event in person, this annual market has made the transition to the online platform extremely well. As the holidays approach, I hope the public will join me to shop the market and purchase unique, quality artwork from talented Indigenous artists.
The market features nearly 80 artists, representing various tribal nations, competing in eight classes. This year’s Best of Show went to Ingalik-Athabascan artist Glenda McKay for her “Forget-Me-Not” seal, sea otter and deer skin handbag.
This is the second time that McKay has won the prestigious Best of Show award at the Cherokee Art Market. In 2016, she won the title for her sealskin basket “Ingalik Charm Basket”.
“I am so grateful and honored for this recognition. There is a lot of incredible work this year and the competition is getting tougher, ”said McKay. “When I started this piece, I wanted to do something that people can remember. I used traditional techniques and materials with a lot of sense. It took me over a year to complete as I do the hunting and tanning myself, but all the details are what makes this piece so special.
The Best of Show play represents a link to the past and pays tribute to the missing and murdered Indigenous peoples. A large blue forget-me-not flower showcases McKay’s intricate beadwork, surrounded by hand-carved mammoth and walrus ivory beads connecting past and present.
In addition to this year’s Best of Show and Best in Class awards, McKay also received second place in Diverse Arts for his Morse harpoon.
Cherokee Art Market is historically one of the largest exhibits of Native American art in the state and one of the finest Native American art markets in the country. In an effort to promote wellness and help fight the spread of COVID-19, this is the second year that the market has been offered virtually. Through the interactive website, visitors can browse the market or search by price, medium, tribe or artist.
The following highlights the Cherokee Art Market 2021 Best of Class winners:
Class 1 – Painting, drawing, graphics and photography
Billy Hensley, Chickasaw Nation, “Puskawo ‘Fochik”
Class 2 – Sculpture
Eva Cantrell, Cherokee Nation, “The Turmoil of 2020”
Class 3 – Perlage / Quillwork
Glenda McKay, Ingalik-Athabascan, “Forget Me Not”
Class 4 – Basketry
Renee Hoover, Cherokee Nation, “The Beauty of Fall”
Class 5 – Pottery
Brenda Hill, Six Nations Tuscarora-Sanborn, “# MMIWG2 Tears For…”
Class 6 – Textiles
Karen Berry, Cherokee Nation, “The Eternal War”
Class 7 – Jewelry
Richard Aguilar, Mississippi Choctaw / Santo Domingo Pueblo, “Moon and Star”
Class 8 – Various art forms
Monica Raphael, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians / Sicangu Sioux / Huron and Pokagon Potawatomi, “Eagle Carries our Prayers”
Guardian of Culture Award
Crystal Hanna, Cherokee Nation, “Moundville Duck”
Yonavea Hawkins, Caddo Nation, “Hasinay Wind Talkers”
A full list of the winners of the 16th annual Cherokee Art Market is available on the CAM website, in addition to a variety of cultural demonstrations and artist conversations each day. Visit www.CherokeeArtMarket.com for more information.