The creator for this year’s Cherokee Phoenix Homecoming T-shirt design is Andrew Mathis of Mount Pleasant, Texas.
The 38-year-old artist said he wanted to incorporate as much Cherokee symbolism as possible into his design, especially the Cherokee syllabary.
“So, I wanted to incorporate that into my art somehow, and also with the Cherokee Phoenix delivering the news, and as long as it’s been around, it was good to incorporate our syllabary into the art piece.”
At the bottom of the bird he said he added colors for each of the tribe’s seven clans and included the seven-pointed Cherokee star above the bird.
He added he did his research to help him choose the appropriate colors for the art piece, and said he wanted to incorporate the great or sacred fire of the Cherokee under the bird.