Reconsidering Cherokee Art History
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
America Meredith, 2018 Sequoyah Fellow, Editor, First American Art Magazine
While more has been written about Cherokee visual arts than neighboring tribes, a coherent narrative of Cherokee art history eludes us. With little attempts by outsiders to define our art history, Cherokee people have the opportunity to define the subject based on Cherokee concepts. This presentation shares images and ideas gleaned from oral history, family stories, archaeology, and published written sources with the goal of stimulating dialogue about art history among Cherokee scholars and artists. From Qualla phase ceramics and shellwork to digital media and installation art today, what are the common threads and enduring themes that reflect Indigenous knowledge in the art of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation, and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians?