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April 14, 2014

Cherokee Nation launches online art database

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation officials have launched a new website providing the public access to information regarding art owned by the tribe and its businesses.

“We have hundreds of traditional and modern works of art in our collection across the Cherokee Nation’s governmental and businesses facilities,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “This expanded database is a significant accomplishment and now makes our art collection more accessible for various audiences, including artists, enthusiasts and tribal citizens.”

The public can access the Cherokee Nation’s art inventory by visiting http://cnart.pastperfect-online.com. Previously, a list of art owned by CNB companies was only available at corporate offices in Tahlequah.

“In the past, an archival database of art owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses was made available to the public via one computer in Tahlequah, limiting access to this information,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of CNB. “With the launch of this new website, everyone can have access to the art and artifacts list of items owned by Cherokee Nation and its businesses combined.”

The website contains information about each piece of art, including the artist name, artwork type, description and where it is located. Pictures of artwork will not be displayed to protect artists’ copyrights.

The inventory is searchable to make it easy for users to locate art of interest. There are currently more than 1,200 pieces of art produced by more than 200 artists archived in the database. The database is updated as new pieces are purchased and displayed.

Native American artwork can be viewed at many Cherokee Nation locations, including the tribal complex, health centers, casinos and business operations. Native American art may be purchased from Cherokee Nation Gift Shops near the tribal complex in Tahlequah and at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, as well as from the Spider Gallery in downtown Tahlequah, or online at www.cherokeegiftshop.com.

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