ABOUT THE TRAIL OF TEARS ART SHOW & SALE

The Trail of Tears Art Show (TOTAS) began in 1972 to foster the development of painting as a form of expressing Native American heritage in the Cherokee Nation and neighboring areas. The first few shows were held in a rain shelter at the Tsa La Gi Amphitheater, in the area we know now as the Cherokee Heritage Center. In 1975, TOTAS was the first major temporary exhibition of the Cherokee National Museum. In 2021, TOTAS celebrated its 50th annual event, which for the first time was held virtually and in person. The show has expanded its categories and prizes for artists over the years, becoming the longest-running juried Native American art show in Oklahoma.

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