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Brian Aaron Lambert won the Best in Show award in the Adult Category. (Photo courtesy of Ravens Eye Media)


Submitted by Kananesgi Fashion Show and Art Competition


CHEROKEE, N.C. – Following yet another stunning display of Cherokee designs, the Kananesgi Fashion Show and Art Competition organizers announced the list of artists and makers earning top prizes. This year’s art competition awarded over $60,000 in prize money provided by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, in over three dozen artistic categories. All artist entrants responded to the theme of: Legendary Creatures of the Cherokee.

The Kananesgi Art Market and Fashion Show is a collaboration between the Sequoyah Fund and the Ray Kinsland Leadership Institute, serving as a platform for artists and designers to express their creativity, receive professional and business development training, increase workforce development, and empower EBCI citizens to learn about and express their unique identity as Cherokee people. The event was sponsored by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos, Cherokee Central Schools, Harrah’s Scholarship Fund, and the Center for Native Health.

Kananesgi is the Cherokee word for spider. In Cherokee culture, the spider represents creativity and dexterity. Traditionally, some Cherokees will even run their infant’s hands through spider webs to embed this creativity in their children.

Adult winners are as follows:

Carvings: Luther Butch Goings (1st), Joshua Adams (2nd), Dewey Owle (3rd)

Carved Mask: Dewey Owle (1st), Michelle Darci Long (2nd)

Beadwork: Windall Toineeta (1st), Kimberly Ann Arch (2nd), Sharon McCoy (3rd)

Miniatures: Lauren Goings (1st), Moses Oocumma (2nd), Dewey Owle (3rd)

Functional Art: Richard Saunooke (1st), Moses Oocumma (2nd), Dewey Owle (3rd)


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