Tonia Hogner Weavel, Cherokee citizen, has been making Cherokee clothing for the past 20 years. Most of her sewing experience has been tear dresses, ribbon shirts and hunting jackets. In 2003 she created a double caped, embroidered deerskin coat and began to expand her skills to other types of textile mediums. This coat is on
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Victoria learned traditional southeastern woodlands style pottery making seventeen years ago from her mother, Anna Sixkiller Mitchell, a full blood Cherokee, who revived the art for the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma over the last 40 years. Although Victoria didn’t begin showing and selling her pottery until 1998, she says, “I feel as if this is
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
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