TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is seeking nominations for this year’s Cherokee National Treasures.
The honor is given each year to a select few Cherokee citizens who have shown exceptional knowledge of Cherokee art and culture. Those selected are also actively involved with the preservation and revival of traditional cultural practices that are in danger of being lost from generation to generation.
The Cherokee National Treasure Award was created in 1988. Since its inception, 84 Cherokee citizens have been recognized for their art.
“Being recognized as a Cherokee National Treasure for doing something I love has been an amazing experience,” said Tommy Wildcat, who received the award in 2013 for his river cane flute music. “It says a lot about our tribe, that they really appreciate the people who are keeping our traditional ways alive.”
Qualifying individuals include Cherokee citizens who have made significant contributions or a lifetime commitment to the preservation of craft-making, language, graphic arts, contemporary arts and music.
A Cherokee National Treasure Advisory Committee makes recommendations, and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker makes final selections.
The 2014 Cherokee National Treasures will be awarded at a banquet during this year’s 62nd Annual Cherokee National Holiday.
The application for nominations can be found by clicking here.
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