14th annual Cherokee Art Market recognizes Caddo Nation citizen Chase Kahwinhut Earles with Best of Show Award

October 12, 2019

Caddo Nation citizen Chase Kahwinhut Earles was awarded Best of Show at the 14th annual Cherokee Art Market for his contemporary pottery piece “Kee-wat: Caddo Home.” (L-R) Council of the Cherokee Nation Speaker Joe Byrd, Caddo Nation artist Chase Kahwinhut Earles and Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner.Caddo Nation citizen Chase Kahwinhut Earles was awarded Best of Show at the 14th annual Cherokee Art Market for his contemporary pottery piece “Kee-wat: Caddo Home.” (L-R) Council of the Cherokee Nation Speaker Joe Byrd, Caddo Nation artist Chase Kahwinhut Earles and Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner.

Market open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TULSA, Okla. – The 14th annual Cherokee Art Market kicked off Friday evening with an awards reception recognizing Caddo Nation citizen Chase Kahwinhut Earles with the Best of Show Award for “Kee-wat: Caddo Home.”

The contemporary pottery piece showcases Caddo culture through its design, which includes grass houses, arbors and a long cypress dug-out canoe surrounded by the symbol for water rolling and the cycle of life. The clay pot was hand coiled, kiln fired and pine needle smoked.

The Cherokee Art Market runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features more than 150 elite Native American artists representing 50 tribes. Art forms include beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles.

With nearly 60 winners in eight classes, the following highlights the 14th annual Best of Class winners:

Class 1 – Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography

Tony Tiger, Sac and Fox/Seminole Nation/Muscogee Creek Nation, “Yellow Earth People”

Class 2 – Sculpture

Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, “The Passing of a Generation”

Class 3 – Beadwork/Quillwork

Ken Williams Jr., Northern Arapaho/Seneca, “Photoshoot: Pose- Mabel, a Comanche Beauty”

Class 4 – Basketry

David McElroy, Choctaw Nation, “The Gift of the Deer to the Cherokee”

Class 5 – Pottery

Chase Kahwinhut Earles, Caddo Nation, “Kee-wat: Caddo Home”

Class 6 – Textiles B

Karen Berry, Cherokee Nation, “Ebb and Flow”

Class 7 – Jewelry

Peter Nez Nelson, Navajo Nation, “Separation of Seasons”

Class 8 – Diverse Art Forms

Glenda McKay, Ingalik-Athabascan, “Seal Harpoon & Sheath”

Additionally, Tyra Shackleford earned the Culture Keeper Award for “Raven.” The Innovator Award went to Rae Minoka Skenandore for “Birds Nest,” and Carrie Lind earned the Anna Mitchell Award for “Che.”

For a complete list of winners from the 14th annual Cherokee Art Market, please visit www.CherokeeArtMarket.com.

A variety of cultural demonstrations and performances are offered throughout the weekend including:

Saturday, Oct. 12

11 am – Quillwork, Dana Warrington, Menominee / Prairie Band Potawatomi
12 pm – Stone Sculpture, Cliff Fragua, Jemez Pueblo
1 pm – Turquoise: Real or Natural, Tim Blueflint, Bad River Chippewa / Comanche
2 pm – Native Fashion, Leslie Deer, Muscogee Creek Nation
3 pm – Traditional Cherokee Baskets, Mary Aitson, Cherokee Nation

Sunday, Oct. 13

11 am – Clay Sculpture, Clancy Gray, Osage Nation
12 pm – Weaving, Tyra Shackleford, Chickasaw Nation
1 pm – Tufa Casting Jewelry, Ira Custer, Navajo Nation
2 pm – Native Fashion, Leslie Deer, Muscogee Creek Nation
3 pm – Stone Sculpture, Cliff Fragua, Jemez Pueblo

For more information please visit www.CherokeeArtMarket.com.