Christy Long 'Galvloi'
Osda Iga, Good Day. My name is Galvloi, Sky. I am an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina and the Qualla Boundary. My small family recently moved to Oregon to support my son who is attending the University of Oregon and to explore a life beyond our ancestral homelands. Practicing my indigenous culture with my family and keeping stories and traditions alive are very important to me. My ancestors gifted me with the ability to create and provide for family through a variety of art forms that I am passionate about. My traditional family hails a long lineage of wood carvers and while I am proud to follow a similar path, I am considered a self-taught artist who has focused primarily on depicting southeastern iconography, myths and legends through various methods such as engraving and woodburning. One summer long ago, when I was fifteen, I remember watching my father work in his studio. I was filled with a sense of awe and wonder as I witnessed the emergence of a three-dimensional carving utilizing only the story, an idea and connection to the natural world. It was miraculous, and sparked a feeling of healing and connection that would stay with me forever and which would become my lifetime pursuit. Still designing today, 30 years later, I am grateful to have found my purpose through trial and error, mistakes made and lessons learned, and as challenging and rewarding as that is. I am grateful to be connected. I am very honored that my artforms allow me the opportunity to share my passion, creations and culture with you. When you procure a piece of my art you are gaining more than an object; you are gaining my prayers, my heart and soul, and essentially the code of my bloodline. Donadagohvyu.
Christy Long, ᎦᎸᎶᎢ ‘Galvloi’ /ɡäləlōē/ pronunciation (Gah-luh-lo-ee)