Drake, Rose

Rose is an award winning Cherokee artist. She grew up in the Tahlequah area and graduated from Northeastern State University with a doctorate in Optometry. She currently practices in Sedalia Missouri. She has been weaving baskets for over 20 years and is primarily self-taught. Her weaving style ranges from traditional to contemporary. Predominately natural dyes are used in her basketry. Rose had the opportunity to do research at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of Natural History. Her research focused on historic Cherokee and prehistoric baskets of the Southeastern Indian. Rose and several other weavers have been working with the Spiro Mound Museum to create baskets modeled after prehistoric fragments, which are to be used for hands on education at the museum. She is also working with two other weavers to reintroduce basketry into the Wichita tribe. For the past several years Rose has been involved with a charity called One Sight doing eye examinations and providing eye glasses for over 5,000 Native Americans at multiple Indian reservations in Mexico.

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