Shan Goshorn, of Tulsa; Admiral Jack E. Buffington, of Westville; and Molly A. Kerr, senior vice president for Bank of Oklahoma.
Annual event recognizes contributions to Cherokee culture
Published October 25, 2016
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Heritage Center recently hosted its annual SevenStar Gala on October 22, 2016 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa.
Three prestigious awards were given throughout the night to recognize those who promote the Cherokee National Historical Society’s mission to preserve, promote and teach Cherokee history and culture.
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.
BOK’s longtime partnership with the Cherokee National Historical Society directly supports cultural programming and art show events benefiting local artists, Cherokee citizens and the community.
Honorees received a custom copper-plated gorget designed by Cherokee Nation metalsmith artist Toneh Chuleewah. The gorget featured the SevenStar emblem and their award name in Cherokee syllabary.
The Tradition Bearer Award recognizes a Cherokee citizen who is accomplished and recognized for achievements in preserving Cherokee traditions through crafts, history and/or storytelling.
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.
This year’s recipient is Admiral Jack E. Buffington, of Westville. Adm. Buffington retired from the Civil Engineer Corps, U.S. Navy, after 34 years of honorable and distinguished service. He served as the commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chief of Civil Engineers. As the senior civil engineer in the Navy, he was responsible for planning, design and construction of naval facilities around the world.
The event also serves as the primary fundraiser for the Cherokee Heritage Center, boasting a vibrant silent auction with original Cherokee art and the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to Branson, Missouri, provided by Spears Travel.
The SevenStar Gala is made possible through the generous support of Cherokee Nation Businesses.