The Cherokee Heritage Center hosted the Sevenstar Gala on October 22. The event is held annually, representing an opportunity to recognize those who help to advance the Cherokee National Historical Society’s mandate to preserve, promote and teach the Cherokee nation’s history and culture. Sevenstar is the Center’s marquee fundraiser.
Three prestigious awards were given out: the Stalwart Award, the Tradition Bearer Award and the last Warrior Award. This year’s celebrants received a personalized copper-plated gorget fashioned by native Cherokee metalworking artist Toneh Chuleewah.
Cherokee Heritage Center Presents Distinguished Awards at Sevenstar Gala
Bank of Oklahoma received the annual Stalwart Award, reserved for a Cherokee Heritage Center supporter that has significantly contributed to the center’s success. The award was accepted by Molly A. Kerr, senior vice president for Bank of Oklahoma.
Shan Goshorn, of Tulsa, received this year’s award and has exhibited work professionally in galleries and museums for more than 35 years. She is a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokees and a multimedia artist. A long-time human rights activist, her recent work consists of traditionally inspired political baskets that tie historical events to contemporary issues unique to Native people. Goshorn has work displayed in 17 permanent museum collections around the world.
The Warrior Award is reserved for a Cherokee citizen that has served our nation through uniform service. This service could be with the armed forces or through time spent as a first responder, such as a firefighter or emergency medical professional.