Photo courtesy Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Heritage Center employees Susan Cro, Orville Neugen, Mickel Yantz and Gina Burnett visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to observe the Cherokee Heritage Center’s display as part of People and Places: A Collaborative Regional Exhibition.

People and Places Exhibition Brings Cherokee Artifacts to Arkansas

March 06, 2013

To commemorate people, places and cultures unique to northwest Arkansas and the Ozarks, the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma is partnering with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges will showcase historic Cherokee figures and artifacts in the new exhibit, People and Places: A Collaborative Regional Exhibition.

“We are honored to have Cherokee items on display at Crystal Bridges,” said Mickel Yantz, museum curator for the Cherokee Heritage Center. “We’re excited about partnering with this nearby world-class museum. To have Cherokee artifacts and artwork included in this exhibit with some of the other museums really places perspective on how history of the Cherokee people relates to this area.”

Items on display are meant to communicate the Cherokee story to the public. Some of the items include an iron pot from the Trail of Tears, an 1820s issue of the Cherokee Phoenix, plates from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief John Ross’s family and a bowie knife once owned by Confederate Brigadier General Stand Watie.

“The community showcase exhibition, People and Places, is an excellent opportunity to promote partner museums from this region,” said Manuela Well-Off-Man, assistant curator at Crystal Bridges. “These museums have fascinating collections that provide rich learning experiences about this area’s history, art, and culture.”

The collaborative exhibition runs through January 2014 at Crystal Bridges, located at 600 Museum Way in Bentonville and includes loans from six regional institutions including the The Eureka Springs Historical Museum, The Daisy Airgun Museum, The Ralph Foster Museum, the University of Arkansas Special Collections, The Clinton Library, as well as the Cherokee Heritage Center. General admission to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is free.