TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council voted Monday to appoint Cherokee sculptor Eddie Morrison to serve a one-year term on the Cherokee National Treasure Advisory Committee.
Morrison, of Tahlequah, joins the five person committee that each year helps narrow down the field of talented artists, artisans, performers and others who excel in and advance Cherokee art forms.
“Cherokee culture and art is extremely important to our people, and honoring those who work to preserve our culture and art is equally important,” said Tribal Councilor Victoria Vazquez, of Welch, also a Cherokee National Treasure. “With his vast amount of knowledge and experience in Native art, Eddie Morrison will be a great asset to our tribe in identifying citizens whose work and life deserve to be honored with the distinction of Cherokee National Treasure.”
Morrison received his Cherokee National Treasure honor last year for being a contemporary sculptor of wood and stone for nearly 40 years. Two pieces of his art are at the U.S. Department of Interior. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in 1969, and also graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1993.
In other business, the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council voted to donate a defibrillator to Zion Public School in Adair County and office furniture to Cherokee Nation Industries’ Employee Services Department.
“The Cherokee Nation has been beyond blessed in recent years and it is truly a great thing that we can pass the blessings on to communities, schools or other tribal entities,” said Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis, of Stilwell. “By supplying furniture and surplus equipment to others, we are ensuring those schools, organizations and businesses can appropriate their resources to more pressing needs.”