Cherokee Nation Unveils New Art Honoring Wilma Mankiller

hoto Cutline: (L to R) Gina Olaya, Mankiller’s daughter and director of cultural art and design for Cherokee Nation Businesses, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis, Cherokee National Treasure Donald Vann, Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden, and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.

hoto Cutline: (L to R) Gina Olaya, Mankiller’s daughter and director of cultural art and design for Cherokee Nation Businesses, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis, Cherokee National Treasure Donald Vann, Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden, and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.

New painting shows reverence to tribe’s first female Chief 

Published August 13, 2016

STILWELL, OKLAHOMA — Cherokee Nation recently joined Cherokee National Treasure Donald Vann to unveil an original painting of former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller. The painting depicts Mankiller wearing a tear dress, holding a blanket and basket filled with traditional Cherokee medicine plants. Vann painted Mankiller’s image standing in front of the newly renovated and expanded Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center, home to the new painting.

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