From These Hands
Linocut on conservation tissue, Tyvek, marker
Permanent Installation at the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians' Elder Community Center, Tahlequah, OK
The three portraits displayed here are titled “From These Hands.” They depict three Keetoowah Cherokee Elders holding different examples of traditional art forms: a blanket, gourd and basket. The women are representatives of tradition and culture. They encourage us to actively learn from one another and from the communities around us. The represented items, a loom-woven blanket, intricately carved gourd, and natural reed basket, were created with care, practice and skill. They promote and preserve the knowledge of generations.
These women remind us that we bring color and community into our own lives by taking the time to learn from others, share our abilities and work together.