The Indian Country Today Media Network reports about the first-ever Native American clothing line.
Animals and Cherokee-related symbols adorn the new children’s clothing lines recently introduced by the Cherokee Nation with Cherokee Kids and 3 Sisters Babywear.
The Cherokee apparel is the first for an American Indian tribe, states a Cherokee Nation news release.
“The Cherokee clothing lines are both a first in retail merchandising and marketing items for youth with culturally significant Cherokee images and symbols,” said Molly Jarvis, vice president of cultural tourism at Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “The new clothing lines will act as a bridge to help preserve and promote the history and culture of the Cherokee people with a younger audience.”
The Cherokee Kids clothing line features youth T-shirts, and the 3 Sisters babywear clothing line includes baby bibs and infant “onesies.”
The Cherokee Kids wear logo includes a symbolic water drum, and the 3 Sisters name refers to the main agricultural crops of the Cherokees: beans, squash and corn. The apparel is designed by local American Indian artists and produced by an American Indian-owned screen-printing company in Tulsa.
Cherokee Kids and 3 Sisters Babywear apparel are now available at CherokeeGiftShop.com and selected Cherokee Nation gift shops.
Caminada Headland, Louisiana- The BP oil spill in April 2010 proves some worth as cleanup crews find dozens of sites where artifacts from pre-historic Indian cultures can be found. They are “a trove of new clues about the Gulf Coast’s mound dwellers more than 1,300 years ago,” said Cain Burdeau of the Associated Press. Archaeologists have visited over 100 sites.
“We’re filling in gaps. There is some pioneering archaeological work going on as a result of the oil spill,” said Larry Murphy, lead archeologist for a council of government agencies and trustees overseeing the oil cleanup.
It’s possible the relics may be damaged before they can be properly studied, but Louisiana’s state archaeologist, Charles McGimsey, told Burdeau he doesn’t expect it to be disastrous.