Kananesgi is the Cherokee word for spider. The spider was chosen because, in Cherokee culture, the spider represents creativity and being good with your hands. Some Cherokee will even run their babies hands through spider webs to embed that creativity into their children.
Our first event was a Pottery Show in 2017. We quickly added a Basket and Carving show. The first Kananesgi Fashion Show took place in 2018. It featured original and traditional designs in a variety of fabrics and styles. Artists create looks for children and adults alike to bring a Cherokee twist to fashion that's as comfortable in the real world as it is on the runway.
In 2021 we shifted to virtual events, a marketplace and fashion show. But for 2022 we are back with a huge event and new partnerships!
Whats special about the Kananesgi Art Market and Fashion Show is that the show was built for artists and designers to give our them an opportunity to be creative, have professional and business development training, increase workforce development, and to empower our people by encouraging them to learn about and physically express their Cherokee identity. These events serve as learning and gathering opportunities.
We are excited to share Cherokee art and culture with you!