Seneca, MO. – November is Native American Heritage Month and Carrie Silverhorn will always remember November 2011.
This year, Carrie won the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s American Indian Heritage Month annual art contest. That means her art is currently displayed on posters in every NFCS office in the 50 states (which are almost every county in every state)and in the offices in the Caribbean Pacific Basin.
A total of 15,000 posters were printed.
Carrie, a member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe, was celebrated and her original art was on display in West Seneca last week at the Eastern Shawnee Annex. In addition, Carrie signed copies of the poster which were given to those in attendance. It was reported at the celebration that less than 500 of the posters are left from the original 15,000.
A long-time supporter and employee of the Eastern Shawnee, Carrie has worked in the tribal library and print shop. Glenna Wallace, chief of the Eastern Shawnee, spoke at the celebration and said Carrie was a valuable employee, helping wherever there was a need.
“If we needed anything artistic done,” Chief Wallace said, “Carrie was always there to do it.”
Each year, Native American artists are invited by the Natural Resources Conservation Service to submit painting for the poster.
The artists are given a title and theme that the art must depict. This year the title was “Conservation: Preserving Our Land for Future Generations.” The theme was “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his father, but borrowed from his children.”
Carrie’s art matched the title and theme very well. It shows a young man’s hands holding a tree and water pouring from his hand to an elder’s hands where a small tree is fed by the water. Carrie used her own son’s hands for the youth and her grandfather’s hands for the elder.
Carrie was beaming at the celebration, which included officials from NRCS and members of the tribe. She told those attending that she has been an artist since childhood and that art is her passion.
Besides the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Carrie is also a member of the Wyandotte Tribe. She lives in Miami, Okla., with her children.
The original work of art was donated to the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and will hang in a place of honor in Seneca.
Her passion for art and her love of nature make Carrie Silverhorn a mighty good neighbor.