Cherokee Forty-Niners

By Gina Olaya
on May 5, 2017

Cherokee Nation’s official website,, translates the English word “gold” as, “adelvdalonige - ᎠᏕᎸᏓᎶᏂᎨ.”


History Without the Book

By Ricardo Marmolejo, CNMC Program Manager at Fort Bliss, TX
on April 7, 2017

Cherokee Nation Management & Consulting recently established a new technique for training environmental officers at the Fort Bliss Army post in El Paso, Texas. The new approach allows environmental officers to experience the day-to-day operations of each department managed by the Base Environmental Division.

The training sessions, which began last month, highlight Fort Bliss Main Post Historic District’s history through interactive, outdoor lessons.


Ancient mound-builder imagery in modern art

By Keli Gonzales
on March 7, 2017

Winged serpents, rattlesnakes, spiders and warriors are prominent in Cherokee iconography and often misinterpreted as Central American motifs. The history of these designs dates back to the mound-building societies of the Mississippian and protohistoric periods of North America. Many Cherokee artists (as well as other artists belonging to the tribes whose homelands were in the Southeast, such as the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole) use Mississippian Era designs in their work today. Various establishments throughout the Cherokee Nation display these types of images.


Rocking Your Mocs

By Krystan Moser
on November 14, 2016

November is here, along with cooler weather, shorter days and Native American Heritage Month. Every November brings with it a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Native American peoples. Presidents have issued proclamations declaring November “Native American Heritage Month” since the 1990s.


A historical look at native beadwork

By Krystan Moser
on November 11, 2015

It is said that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but long before the age of camera phones and Instagram there was another tool for visual storytelling: beadwork. The traditional art of beadwork has become synonymous with Native Americans, but much like the tribes themselves, traditional beadwork varies greatly by region. Southeastern tribes such as the Cherokee had a very distinctive style of beadwork that many art history enthusiasts may not be aware of.