The 50th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale is underway, with this year’s top award going to Cherokee National Treasure Vivian Cottrell for her black-ash basket “We Are Still Here.”
“I’ve been weaving now for about 49 years, almost as long as this show’s been around. The show was incredibly well represented this year, and it means so much to receive this honor among such talent,” Cottrell said. “There’s a lot of prayer that goes into my work, and this piece is no different. It was the first one of the year for me, coming out of the pandemic, and I wanted to push myself to create something that represents the strength and resilience of Native people across the country who were being affected by the virus at disproportionate rates. There’s several meaningful patterns incorporated into the basket, but at the end of the day, it’s all about us being connected to one another for our survival.”
The longest-running Native American art show and competition in Oklahoma announced its winners online July 1, with in-person, public viewing offered Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Cherokee National Research Center in Cherokee Springs Plaza.