Cecil Dick

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Cecil Dick
Born 1915
Rose Prairie, Oklahoma, United States
Died 1992
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Nationality Cherokee Nation-United Keetoowah Band
Education The Studio at the Santa Fe Indian School
Known for Painting, murals
Movement Studio style, flat-style
Awards Sequoyah Medal

Cecil Dick, or Degadoga (1915–1992)[1] was a well-known Cherokee artist often referred to as "the Father of Cherokee Traditional Art".[2] Cecil, born near Rose Prairie, Oklahoma, was one of the pioneers of 20th-century, flat-style painting among Eastern Woodland tribes in Oklahoma. He was enrolled in the Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.

In 1983 Cecil was honored for his intellectual and artistic achievements with the Sequoyah Medal by the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee Heritage Association held a 50-year retrospective exhibition of his lifetime work that same year. In 1991, the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma named the "Cecil Dick Master of Heritage Award" in his honor. This award is given out during its annual Competitive Art Show to recognize outstanding paintings in the flat-style.

Cecil died in 1992 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, having spent over 50 years recording Cherokee culture and history in his art.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AskArt". Retrieved August 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Cherokee Nation Receives Art Donation" (Press release). August 4, 2006. Retrieved August 1, 2009. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Power, Susan C. (February 25, 2007). Art of the Cherokee. University of Georgia Press. ISBN 978-0-8203-2767-9. 
  • Conley, Robert J. (2007). A Cherokee Encyclopedia. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 978-0-8263-3951-5.