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Beaded bag wins best of show at the Cherokee Art Market

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: October 14, 2012

— The Cherokee Art Market, featuring more than 130 American Indian artists from throughout the nation, honored Orlando Dugi and Kenneth Williams with Best of Show for “Looking Forward, Looking Back-Mirror Bag” beadwork/quillwork entry at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

The awards reception held Friday honored the Cherokee Art Market prizewinners with $75,000 overall prize money awarded across 20 categories. The Cherokee Art Market has become one of the country's premier American Indian art shows.

“The Cherokee Art Market continues to offer one of the largest prize purses of any Native American art show in the country,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “It attracts the country's most talented Native American artists and thousands of art lovers who can catch a glimpse of the finest Native art. It continues to be a boost to the local economy and supports the continued expression of Native culture and history.”

The seventh annual Cherokee Art Market runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa and features inspirational art from more than 130 elite American Indian artists from throughout the country. Admission to the family-friendly show is $5 per person and free for Cherokee Star Rewards Club members.

The finest Native American artwork representing more than 45 different tribes is on display and for sale at the Cherokee Art Market. Art forms include beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles. Guests will also enjoy a variety of cultural demonstrations and performances during the market.

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