The Catoosa Historical Society hosts a special exhibit, CHEROKEE NATION: Portrait of a People, which is on loan from the Oklahoma Historical Society.
The exhibit showcases the wide range of Cherokee life in Oklahoma today. Photographer and artist David Fitzgerald presents portraits depicting settings associated with traditional practices or the occupations of Native Americans today. The images presented give a glimpse of a contemporary people linked, each in their own way, to a rich cultural past.
The exhibit is scheduled for the Catoosa Historical Museum from June 6 through July 30, 2022. The museum, located at 217 South Cherokee Street in Catoosa, is open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (except July 1 and 2) from 10 a.m. at 3 p.m. Admission is by donation.
Cherokees from different walks of life are part of the exhibit featuring 30 photographs by nationally acclaimed photographer, David Fitzgerald. Mr. Fitzgerald is a permanent resident of Oklahoma and has been a professional photographer for nearly 50 years.
He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in April 2005 and has been named Oklahoma’s Photographer of the Year multiple times. His work has been published in periodicals as well as popular “coffee table” photography books, including “Oklahoma”, “Oklahoma II”, “Oklahoma III”, “Cherokee”, “Chickasaw”, and “Portrait of the Ozarks”. “. The portraits included in “Cherokee Nation: A Portrait of a People” were taken for the 2002 book “Cherokee”.
“The Historical Society is thrilled to share the works of such a well-known and celebrated artist,” said Teresa O’Donnell, president of the Catoosa Historical Society, which sponsors the exhibit. “As mentioned in numerous articles highlighting this incredible collection of photos, the portraits celebrate a people who share a common bond and pride in their native heritage.”