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Style Spotlight: Kristen Gentry Choctaw artist Kristen Gentry is passionate about preserving her traditional Southeastern tribal culture, including her jewelry. THE EDGE Choctaw artist Kristin Gentry is passionate about using her art to create different ways to preserve her traditional Southeastern tribal culture of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She uses her art to educate and restore the beauty of her people’s journey to where they are as Chahta Okla (Choctaw People) today. Through her art, she continues to find more of her identity as a Chahta Ohoyo (Choctaw Woman) and Ishki (Mother). She understands that the need for her cultural art is necessary for the future of her daughter and her people. “Through my art, I explore how the symbolic meanings of the designs influence our cultural traditions today and influence our larger communities,” Kristen explains. She works to involve her community through education and being the voice for Native American artists and Native American women in today’s society. Kristen works as a professional visual artist in the areas of relief and monotype printmaking, painting, jewelry, and photography. She also works as a writer, designer, and curator. She often photographs families in their tribal regalia and creates designs and patterns from traditional clothing in her painting and prints.

Artist Kristen Gentry. (Photo credit: Amber Clark)

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