The Vintage Market is just around the corner. The day-long sale will run from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Eugene Northern Community Center, located at 4th street and Main in Rolla.  

Sponsored by the Southern Cherokee Cultural Center (SCCC), the Vintage Market will feature a wide variety of contemporary, vintage and antique items, jewelry and furniture. What started out to be an upscale resale venue has blossomed into a multifaceted event.

Linda Carr, creator of the event said, “We were so pleased when people began donating such a wide range of quality pieces. Then things began to change. Vintage hand-made Native American jewelry began to come in from different owners. Artists and artisans then began offering beautiful one-of- a-kind items. It’s really been exciting to see the community support.”

The expansion of the event began with a painting by well-known local realist painter, Dan Woodward. It is a rendering of Southern Cherokee warriors ensconced in the Missouri Battle of Honey Creek under Brigadier General Stand Watie. Then Dale Dennis, of White Buffalo Wood Flute, offered two hand-made flutes made of highly polished cedar and adorned with symbolic carvings. He will also be demonstrating the music from this haunting musical instrument during the Market. Patti J. Fleck designed and offered Native American motif note cards, created especially for the Vintage Market. A variety of hand-made ceramic items then began coming in from different artists.

“It didn’t stop there,” said Carr. “People also began donating pieces from their travels around the world. So much so we will have an international section this time. Every day is a new surprise.” Tribal Chief, Steve Matthews, his wife Darla, tribal clerk, and other members of the Southern Cherokee Tribe will be in attendance to answer questions and talk
about the rich heritage of the Southern Cherokee.

Proceeds from the second Vintage Market will go toward a building for the Southern Cherokee. When the tribe first arrived in southern Missouri, they had to meet in secret because of the danger to Native Americans. Yet, meet they did, on an annual basis deep in the woods. Therefore, a building has both an important functional purpose and is of deeply symbolic importance to the Southern Cherokee.

The SCCC was formed for the purpose of moving the Southern Cherokee Indian Tribe in Missouri, from below the poverty level to a sustainable and fulfilling way of life. The SCCC is a 501(c)(3) organization. Therefore, all donations are tax
deductible.