Cultural artists begin working in interactive exhibits at Cherokee Heritage Center

April 4, 2018

Cherokee citizens and cultural artists Geoff Little, Lily Drywater and Charlotte Wolfe join CHC staff as cultural artists in interactive exhibits. The positions are supported by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council.Cherokee citizens and cultural artists Geoff Little, Lily Drywater and Charlotte Wolfe join CHC staff as cultural artists in interactive exhibits. The positions are supported by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Positions supported by Oklahoma Arts Council grants

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Heritage Center recently received nearly $12,000 in grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council to support three new cultural artists in its interactive exhibits for the 2018 tourism season.

“The addition of these artists to our staff will aid in our efforts to provide an engaging and interactive environment for visiting guests,” said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director for Cherokee Heritage Center. “We are thankful for the support of the OAC, which continues to support our mission to preserve, promote and teach Cherokee history, art and culture.”

Cherokee Nation citizens Lily Drywater and Geoff Little are providing cultural demonstrations in the ancient Cherokee village, Diligwa, which authentically portrays Cherokee life in the early 1700s. Drywater performs traditional finger weaving, and Little demonstrates the art of bow making.

Cherokee Nation citizen Charlotte Wolfe has joined the team in Adams Corner Rural Village, which represents Cherokee life in the 1890s before Oklahoma statehood. Wolfe demonstrates Cherokee basketry and cornhusk dolls.

“As a young girl, I had a hunger for my heritage and a desire to immerse myself in the Cherokee culture,” said Wolfe. “That spark has fueled my career, and I have had the privilege to study a variety of Cherokee art forms, many from Cherokee National Treasures. I feel that each one is a gift passed down to me, and I take great pride in sharing that knowledge with guests visiting the heritage center. I hope that each guest leaves with a better understanding of Cherokee culture, and that they feel inspired to learn more.”

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Funding provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council is supported financially by the state of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides more than 400 grants to nearly 225 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry, and manages works of art in the Oklahoma Public Art Collection and the public spaces of the state Capitol. Additional information is available at arts.ok.gov.