By honoring indigenous tradition through their own modern artistic perspectives, our Authentically Cherokee artists serve as important culture carriers in their community. The result of their unique vision is an embracement of the past with an eye toward the future, and an opportunity to bring authentic Native American culture to new generations to be honored and appreciated.
Traditional Contemporary Art
On the surface, the terms ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’ would seem to be opposites, pitting the old against the new. Through their work, our artists show how it is possible to straddle the line, offering a unique modern vision while honoring the culture and traditions of their ancestors. Examples include a featured artist who uses a laser engraver to imprint traditional Cherokee designs onto her products, and another featured artist who makes miniaturized versions of traditional white oak baskets. Both artists express traditional themes in a contemporary way.