Cherokee Art Market will be held virtually

The market, which features nearly 80 performers, is being held virtually for the second time in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

TULSA, Okla. – The 16th Annual Cherokee Art Market will be held virtually from December 6-17. The market will feature nearly 80 performers representing various tribal nations, competing in eight classes.

In order to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the market is being held virtually for the second time. Website visitors can browse the market or search by price, medium, tribe or artist.

Cherokee Nation officials say the Cherokee Art Market is historically one of the largest displays of Native American art in the state and one of the best Native American art markets in the country.

“The Cherokee Art Market is more than a market. It is a celebration of the beautiful, thriving cultures of Indigenous peoples around the world,” said Cherokee Nation Senior Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “As we look forward to the time when we can return to the in-person event , this annual market has done tremendously. smooth transition to the online platform. We have invested resources to ensure artists have a safe way to engage with audiences and showcase their work to an ever-expanding audience. As the holidays approach, I hope the public will join me in shopping at the Market and purchasing unique, quality artwork from talented Indigenous artists.

This year, Ingalik-Athabascan artist Glenda McKay received the Best of Show award for her “Forget-Me-Not” seal, sea otter and deer skin handbag. This is the second time she has won the prestigious Best of Show recognition at the Cherokee Art Market. Mckay won the title for his “Ingalik Charm Basket” sealskin basket in 2016.

“I am so grateful and honored by this recognition. There’s a lot of amazing work this year and the competition is always tougher,” McKay said. “When I started this piece, I wanted to do something that people could remember. I used traditional techniques and materials with a lot of meaning. It took over a year to complete, because I do all my hunting and tanning myself, but all the details are what makes this piece so special.

Officials say the Best of Show piece represents a connection to the past and honors missing and murdered Indigenous peoples.

A large blue forget-me-not flower highlights McKay’s intricate beadwork, surrounded by hand-carved mammoth and walrus ivory beads linking past and present.

McKay also received second place honors in Diverse Arts for his walrus harpoon.

2021 Cherokee Art Market Best of Class Winners:

Class 1 – Painting, Drawing, Graphic Design & Photography

Billy Hensley, Chickasaw Nation, “Puskawo’ Fochik”

Eva Cantrell, Cherokee Nation, “2020 Turmoil”

Class 3 – Beadwork/Quills

Glenda McKay, Ingalik-Athabascan, “Forget-Me-Not”

Class 4 – Basketry

Renee Hoover, Cherokee Nation, “The Beauty of Fall”

Brenda Hill, Six Nations Tuscarora-Sanborn, “#MMIWG2 Tears For…”

Karen Berry, Cherokee Nation, “The Eternal War”

Richard Aguilar, Mississippi Choctaw/Santo Domingo Pueblo, “Moon and Star”

Class 8 – Various art forms

Monica Raphael, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa/Sicangu Sioux/Huron and Pokagon Potawatomi Indians, “Eagle Carries our Prayers”

Crystal Hanna, Cherokee Nation, “Moundville Duck”

Yonavea Hawkins, Caddo Nation, “Hasinay Wind Talkers”

For a full list of winners from the 16th Annual Cherokee Art Market, or to see a variety of cultural demonstrations and artist conversations each day, you can visit

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