TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Art connects with community and nature in the newest installation at the Cherokee Cultural Pathway in downtown Tahlequah.

“Kindra Swafford: Journey Through the Woods” is now open to the public and runs through Oct. 13.

The public art display features 13 large-scale reproductions of Swafford’s work that showcase a commitment to Cherokee language, culture, environmental stewardship and community engagement.

“This celebration of public art not only enriches the community but fosters a deeper appreciation for the voices that are shaping our cultural landscape today,” said Cherokee Nation First Lady January Hoskin. “Kindra Swafford's stylized pieces are a beautiful expression of creativity, and they will enhance the Cherokee Cultural Pathway while on display.”

Swafford is the third Cherokee artist to be featured at the Cherokee Cultural Pathway, following Cherokee National Treasure Traci Rabbit and Cherokee artist Roy Boney Jr.

“I think it's important to have these types of creative spaces in the community to showcase Cherokee artists and the stories they tell through their work,” Cherokee artist Kindra Swafford said. “The artwork on display all has a connection to animals and creatures and how we fit into this world. I hope that the vibrant colors, playful concepts and community aspects encourage others to opt outside if possible and connect to the world around them.”

The pathway opened in 2022 as an effort to improve safety and accessibility between downtown cultural sites. It has now transformed into an immersive experience, allowing visitors to connect with authentic Cherokee artists through rotating displays and permanent large-scale art installations.

For more information, please go to www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.