Karen grew up in Texas and currently resides in Garland, TX. She learned about Cherokee culture and art through her mother, Martha Berry, who revived the tradition of Cherokee Beadwork. She fell in love with gourd art through her history of wood working and painting. This medium was a natural progression, combining these talents. She
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Christina Berry is a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation, a member of the Cherokee Artists Association, a charter member of the First Families of the Cherokee Nation, and a member of the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club. She was born in Oklahoma, but moved with her family to Texas when she was very young. Always
The Passage is a pedestrian link between downtown Chattanooga and the Tennessee River at Ross’s Landing (the city’s original settlement, named for the Cherokee Chief John Ross). The project is the nation’s largest public art project celebrating Cherokee history and culture. The piece, created by Cherokee Artists Gadugi (Cherokee Artists Working Together) of Oklahoma, was
The Cherokee Heritage Center is a non-profit historical society and museum founded in 1962 to preserve the historical and cultural artifacts, language, and traditional crafts of the Cherokee. The Heritage Center is located on the site of the original Cherokee Female Seminary, which burned in 1887. Today three columns of that original building remain on
Born and raised in Tulsa, Martha Berry moved to Texas in 1977, but has remained active in Cherokee Nation art and current affairs. She began studying traditional post-Contact, pre-Removal Cherokee beadwork in the 1980s. In 1994, when her daughter Christina started college, she began beading on a daily basis. When she started, there were no
Before you buy or sell Indian art you need to be aware of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Did you know that it is illegal to sell an item as “Indian made” if it was not made by a federally (or state) recognized Indian or a certified tribal artisan? It is. Individuals
At the age of five, Martha Berry’s mother and grandmother began teaching her to use a needle and thread. By nine, she was making her own clothes, and at twenty, she was a seamstress for a touring ice show. Born and raised in northeastern Oklahoma, to Cherokee/English/Scotch-Irish parents, she took her Cherokee heritage largely for