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Charley Johnson


Metalsmith

Santee Sioux, Cherokee, Seminole, Creek, and Chickasaw

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My name is Charley Johnson. I was born on October 28, 1984 in Mesa, AZ. I am an enrolled member with the Flandreau Santee Sioux, as is my mother, who is also 1/2 Cherokee. On my fathers side, I am Seminole, Creek, and Chickasaw.

I moved to Alaska when I was 3, and spent 14 years on a small island called Unalaska. During the years I was in Alaska, my parents and I vacationed in Oklahoma and New Mexico with families. My parents always made Native crafts while I was growing up and made sure I was aware of my native heritage. My father told me of the life in the southeast before the removal and that there were many things about the art and culture that have been forgotten. I found that most people, including Native Americans, have no idea about how the southeastern Indians lived.

The first time I became interested in making jewelry items such as gorgets, armbands, etc. was in 2003 when I wanted a set of gorgets of my own. When I could not find any to purchase I made my own. I used the design of my uncles gorgets, which were made by Woodrow Haney. From there I started making my own designs of gorgets and using the ancient designs found in the southeast. I have used designs to integrate the ancient beauty with modern metal work and have added some gemstones as my personal vision of the revival and continuation of these ancient designs. There is a resurgence of the old southeastern motifs in pottery, paintings, sculpture and jewelry. I believe that the use of these ancient designs by the native people makes them no less authentic or traditional than the ancient designs found on artifacts recovered by archeologists.

AWARDS:

2006
- Seminole Nation Days Art Show 2nd place- Jewelry

- First Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show 1st Place - Jewelry Honorable Mention

2007

- Second Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show 1st Place - Jewelry 2nd Place - Jewelry

2008

- Art Under the Oaks Art Show Five Civilized Tribes Museum Best of Show 1st Place - Beadwork/ Traditional

- Red Earth 1st Place - Fine Art Competition - Contemporary Jewelry

- Third Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show 1st Place - Jewelry Honorable Mention - Jewelry

2009

- Tulsa Indian Art Market 1st Place - Jewelry

- Art Under the Oaks Art Show Best of Show - Fourth Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show 1st Place - Diverse Arts

2010

- Art Under the Oaks Art Show Best of Show 1st Place - Jewelry

- Red Earth 2nd Place - Fine Art Competition - Contemporary Jewelry

2011 - Art Under the Oaks Art Show 3rd Place - Jewelry Honorable Mentio n

2012 - Trail of Tears Art Show 1st Place Jewelry

Participation in Juried Art Shows:

2006
- Seminole Nation Days Art Contest-Seminole , OK.
-First Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show-Tahlequah, OK.
-First Annual Cherokee Art Market-Catoosa, OK.

2007
-Red Earth-Oklahoma City, OK.
-Festival of Native People-Cherokee, NC.
-Second Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show-Tahlequah , OK.
-Atlanta Indian Art Market-Atlanta, GA.

2008
-Art Under the Oaks Art Show-Muskogee, OK.
-Red Earth-Oklahoma City, OK. -Festival of Native People-Cherokee, NC.
.-Third Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show-Tahlequah ,OK.
-Third Annual Cherokee Art Market-Catoosa, OK.

2009
-Tulsa Indian Art Market-Tulsa, OK.
-Art Under the Oaks Art Show-Muskogee, OK.
-Red Earth-Oklahoma City, OK.
-Festival of Native People-Cherokee, NC.
-Fourth Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show-Tahlequah, OK.

2010
-Tulsa Indian Art Market-Tulsa, OK.
-Red Earth-Oklahoma City, OK.
-Fifth Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show-Tahlequah,OK.
-Smithsonian NAIM-Washington, D.C.

2011 -Red Earth-Oklahoma City, OK. -Art Under the Oaks-Muskogee , OK.

2012
-Trail of Tears Art Show-Tahlequah , OK.
-Creek Nation Festival Art Show-Okmulgee ,OK.
-Seventh Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show-Tahlequah, OK.

Pieces of my work also owned by:

 

-Gorgets were purchased for Inauguration of the Muskogee Creek Nation Supreme Court Justices

 

-Okmulgee, OK. -Gorgets purchased by Creek Nation Preservation for the museum use in display-Okmulgee, OK.

 

-Seminole Nation Museum for museum use in display-Wewoka, OK.

 

-Gorget purchased for retiring President, Trail of Tears Association-Georgia Chapter

-Arvel Bird, Award Winning Musician

-Bill Miller, Award Winning Musician

-Wes Studi, Actor

-Gary Farmer, Actor

-Will Hill, Storyteller

-Enoch Kelly Haney, Former Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

-Chad Smith, Former Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

-Brass gorgets, implemented into Seminole Nation Color Guard uniforms

-Seminole Nation Princess-crowns for outgoing princess'

-Cheyenne Arapaho Princess- crowns for Labor Day princess'

-Leonard Harjo, Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

-George Tiger, Chief of the Mvskogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma

-Ella Coleman, Assistant Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

-Bon Jovi, purchased by Chesapeake Energy for bolo tie gifts to band.

 

 

 

 


 

 






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