Al Herrin: The Bow Maker’s Calling

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January 4–March 26, 2022

The exhibit displays the work of Cherokee National Treasure Al Herrin, who received his designation in 1991 for a lifetime of making Cherokee traditional bows and arrows.


As a boy, Herrin became interested in bows and arrows while watching Cherokee cornstalk shoots. He learned to make his own instruments from elders who passed their skills to him. In the years since, he has shared his knowledge of Cherokee traditions with others as a teacher and demonstrator. Herrin has also authored books on bow and arrow making, Cherokee culture and his experiences living on the Illinois River. 


The exhibit will include his bows and arrows along with other hand-carved works demonstrating his artistry. The exhibit will not include any sale items.

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