“Threads of Time” Exhibit Explores Evolution of Cherokee Textiles

Cherokee Heritage

Cherokee Heritage Center hosting special exhibit May 21 through Aug. 20

Published May 22, 2016

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — The evolution of Cherokee clothing represents far more than just a historical record of what was worn throughout time. It shares the story of identity, resiliency, adaptability, history and culture of the Cherokee people.

The “Threads of Time” exhibit runs May 21 through Aug. 20 and showcases Cherokee clothing from ancient history to modern day apparel.

“Cherokee clothing represents a beautiful balance as it embraces practical components of society at large, while maintaining cultural identity,” said Dr. Candessa Tehee, executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. “Each piece communicates a different part of our history and culture while giving us a unique perspective at Cherokee lifestyles throughout the years.

Today, Cherokee artisans carry on the tradition of creating Cherokee clothing, as their tribal identity continues to be an important part of life. Cherokee artists make traditional style clothing and create new themes that maintain and promote identity.

“Cherokee clothing has long been both practical as well as beautiful,” said Callie Chunestudy, curator for CHC. “Through this exhibit we are able to share the evolution of Cherokee textiles and provide valuable insight to how and why some of the progression took place.”

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill, Oklahoma.

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