Saturday, February 21, 2009

Gifted Young People

I started Legacy Cultural Learning Community, a youth arts non profit, to make our Native culture a daily part of our lives through programs taught by tribal members. This week, wow!, what talent we have in our Muscogee 'Creek' and Cherokee Nations. A junior at Sequoyah, on the softball team, makes good grades AND is a TALENTED artist...Roxannne Harmon. Roxy came to Tiger Gallery and made her own ball sticks and ball in the traditional Cherokee manner (no easy work!) for the game known as Stickball. We entered them in the Five Tribes Museum's Student Art Show where on March 1st at 2 o'clock we will see if she takes home a prize. This is Roxy's 2nd art competition entry. Her first was a pencil drawing of her fathers set of sticks in the Cherokee Nation JOM Art Competition. Winners will be announced next week. Let's all wish her luck. Actually, luck has nothing to do with it, Roxy is a winner due to her strong spirit and courage to step up and create great art!

Other Legacy artists who entered the competition include my son, Lisan, with three hand done sculptures. Christie Tiger entered a piece called 'Cultivating the Rosebuds', depicting the students of the Cherokee Female Seminary established in 1851 to educate the girls and women of the tribe and Collen Vann, a 7th grader, submitted two woven Cherokee baskets that he made himself.
These inspirational young people attend Sequoyah School in Tahlequah.

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