4” x 4” x 7”
Arches watercolor paper splints, printed with archival inks, acrylic paint
This basket is woven from splints first printed with the Indian Removal Act of 1830 combined with Cherokee names from the 16,000 signatures protesting the validity of the Treaty of New Echota. The pattern chosen for this piece is called “Unbroken Friendship”; the piece refers to the relationship between all three Cherokee tribes. The Cherokee tribe was divided during the removal and are now recognized by the federal government as three separate and distinct tribes: The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (NC), The Cherokee Nation, and the United Keetoowah Band (both of OK). But we will always recognize ourselves as relatives, members of the same tribe.