VINITA, Okla. — Cherokee Nation is honoring a tradition deeply rooted in Cherokee culture in the newest exhibit at the Cherokee Nation Anna Mitchell Cultural & Welcome Center.

“Woven Legacies: Carrying a Cherokee Tradition” opens to the public May 24 and runs through Nov. 3.

Traditional Cherokee basketry has a long history that appears in Cherokee oral tradition. For centuries, the practice has endured through tragedy, loss and turmoil experienced by Cherokee people. With the hard work to preserve the tradition by many Cherokee men and women, Cherokee traditional basketry continues to thrive today.

“This exhibit celebrates the resilience and artistry of so many talented Cherokee culture keepers,” said Cherokee Nation First Lady January Hoskin. “Weaving and basket making are more than just a craft, they will always be a vital connection to Cherokee history. We are so excited to share this beautiful collection of traditional and contemporary pieces at the award-winning cultural center in Vinita.”  

While most forms of basketry today are focused largely on artistry, traditional techniques used by Cherokee ancestors are still being passed down through generations.

With more than 40 pieces on display, guests can explore how generations of Cherokee weavers continue to adapt, practice and teach basketry. The exhibit also looks at the impact community support has had on basketry, including the annual Cherokee National Treasure recognitions and the Cherokee Artist Recovery Act.

The Cherokee Nation Anna Mitchell Cultural & Welcome Center offers an exhibit gallery, a grab-and-go café with Native-inspired cuisine, a gift shop, and flexible space for cultural classes and events. It is open to the public seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 953 E. Illinois Ave.

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