Oosahwee, Harry

Harry Oosahwee was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He is a self-taught artist and stone carver. His early influence was his mother who explained and demonstrated to him how Cherokees made clay animals and toys when she was a child. Harry is a graduate of Bacone College and earned a Master's Degree from Northeastern State University. He is a highly independent and individualistic artist who devotes much of his time researching his proud heritage. Harry has been greatly influenced by the works of all the great Cherokee artists such as Dick West, Terry Saul, Willard Stone, and Cecil Dick. His goal is to accurately portray his tribal traditions through symbolism in his paintings and stone carvings. Harry has received numerous awards for his work and his work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

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