Our Father by Renee Hoover

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Cherokee, double-walled (round reed) basket with lid. The flat reed used behind the Cherokee circles (28) is inscribed with the Lord's Prayer translated in 1808 by Assistant Chief Charles Hicks (1767-1808). He was among the first Christian converts by Moravian missionaries. Frequently interaction with European religions was traumatic for Indigenous populations. However, some Cherokee families embraced Christianity and continue to value the tenets of this belief system. The lid has been adorned with wheat and berries/vine symbolic of the eucharist; the artist has dyed these symbols in black to emphasize the deep pain that was experienced by many Native peoples and their connections to the Christian church.