The University of Aberdeen in Scotland is sending pieces that are being returned to the U.S. after more than 200 years. Yantz said a donation of the American Indian objects was made to Scotland in 1786, and the university was founded to house that collection. By the 1800s, Yantz said, Cherokee pieces had spread all over the world. This is the first time all the pieces will be together, Young said. About 50 pieces are featured. Half of them are historic, some very fragile. The rest are done by contemporary bead workers, many who have studied and copied the old patterns and styles. Center officials will hold an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free during the reception. Young said artists have done great work in the past 10 years, inspired by the old items. The show will also feature classes. "We’re trying to revive this art form,” she said.
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‘Beadwork Storytellers, A Visual Language’Where: Cherokee Heritage Center, 21192 S Keller Drive, Park Hill. When: Exhibit runs through April 19. A free opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Cost: Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children and $7.50 for seniors and students. For information: (888) 999-6007; www.cherokee heritage.org.