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A sampling of heirloom seeds now available in the museum store.

The Friends of the Murrell Home Gift Shop has launched a brand new online store at mkt.com/murrellhome.  The museum gift shop, housed at the Murrell Home Historic Site in Park Hill, carries a wide variety of items relating to Cherokee history and nineteenth century life in Indian Territory.  History and language books, maps, historic toys, handmade reproductions, souvenirs, and apparel are just a few of the items available.

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By KAREN SHADE | Cherokee/Diné

SKIATOOK, Okla. – If you’ve been around the powwow circuit for a while, the name Supernaw is probably familiar.

“Where did you find your hackles?”

“Where did you buy your beads?”

“Where did that broach come from?”

Supernaw’s is often the answer, and that identity has its roots deep in family tradition.


William Supernaw is the third man in his family to bear that name. The family joke is that there are “too many ‘Bills’ around here,” he said, laughing. Most people call him Kugee. The Osage Nation Congressman is also Quapaw and Caddo.

“I have probably more colors of 16-knot (16/0) Czechoslovakian beads than probably anyone else in the United States, I would guess,” he said, thoughtfully, as if carefully stating a fact rather than pitching.

The term “16-knot” refers to bead size, and 16-knot seed beads are extremely small.

Standing in Supernaw’s Oklahoma Indian Supply Store in downtown Skiatook, Kugee is surrounded by glass beads of all measurements and imaginable colors in small boxes lining shelves running the length of his sales floor back walls. Glass display cases filled with metal work pieces and finished beaded accessories border a tall stand for skins and broadcloth in the center of the room. What you find in Kugee’s store is 42 years of interest to carry on traditions of dance dress and ceremony.

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Bedré Chocolate
37 N Colbert Rd
Davis, OK 73030
Toll Free: 800-367-5390
Bedre is an American Indian company that produces fine chocolate in the heart of Oklahoma. This manufacturing facility is owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation. Bedre offers temptations to satisfy any sweet tooth, including gourmet chocolates, gift baskets and other traditional candies. While on site, guests may step into the viewing gallery and see chocolate being made before their eyes. Chocolate is produced and packaged Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm. If your group consist of more than eight guests, an appointment is required.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Linda Taylor has a job many would be jealous of. She spends her days surrounded by the creative and beautiful art crafted by her people – and artists of other Native tribes. She is the manager of the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop and she’s been doing it for nearly 22 years.

“I love my job. It’s a variety every day. You meet all sorts of interesting people,” she said.

A box in the corner of her office is overflowing with T-shirts, sweat shirts and hoodies emblazoned with ‘OU’ – the University of Oklahoma’s logo. Only these ‘OU’ shirts have a distinct Native flair. The initials are etched in Native designs and are created by Tahlequah-based artist Buffalo Gouge, Cherokee and Muscogee Creek.

“There doesn’t seem to be a lack of talent in our area. I think it must be something in our Cherokee blood. I’ve seen so many natural artists. They don’t even try to sell anything. They just do it for themselves. It’s unbelievable.”

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