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About ᎢᏯ ᏗᎯ

About Candessa Tehee

Cherokee textile arts have a long, rich tradition. Twining, oblique fingerweaving, warpface fingerweaving, and loom weaving have all been employed by Cherokee artists to create belts, bags, garters, blankets, scarves, jackets and all manner of material works.

Recognized as a Cherokee National Treasure in 2019, Candessa Tehee has been a textile artist since 2000. Explore the Cherokee Weaving site to view Candessa's artistic work, read about Cherokee textiles, and learn about how Cherokee culture, language, and tradition inspire Candessa's weaving.

About Me: About

Candessa Tehee

Instagram: @candessa

Cherokee Nation District 2 Tribal Councilor

August 2021 - 2025

  • Elected official representing District 2 - Tahlequah North on Cherokee Nation Tribal Council

  • Sworn in on August 14, 2021

  • For inquiries regarding Tribal Council, contact Candessa at or 918-457-0831. Leave a voicemail message or text requesting a call as I do not return missed calls due to the number of telemarketing and spam calls.

Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, Northeastern State University

August 2016 - Present

  • Coordinator of Cherokee Language Education and Cherokee Cultural Studies Programs

  • Teaches in person and online courses

    • Selection of courses​ taught: CHER 1113 Elementary Cherokee I, CHER 2113 Elementary Cherokee II, CHER 2123 Conversational Cherokee,  AIS/POLS 4263 Politics and the American Indian, CHER 3813 Current Issues in Language Revitalization

  • Serves on American Indian Heritage Committee and Advisory Board for Center for Women's Studies

  • For inquiries related to NSU, email Candessa at or call 918-44-3683.

Cherokee National Treasure

Awarded September 2019

  • Recognized for skill and mastery in oblique and warpface fingerweaving

  • Second fingerweaver recognized since inception of award in 1988. First was Mattie Drum in 1990.

  • No commissions are being accepted. For other art related inquiries, email Candessa at

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