April 15, 2015 - Dr. Karen York - Revealing the Connection Between Chickasaw and Jewish Heritage

Chickasaw Nation News

A special Chickasaw woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is helping to keep history alive for others. Dr. Karen York has been an artist her whole life and is also the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa. Like the Chickasaws, Dr. York describes how the Jews have a rich history of literature, philosophy and art that is important to learn about and understand. While earning her doctorate in art history at the University of Indiana, she immersed herself in different cultures. She knows several languages and says that her appreciation for the arts comes from her Chickasaw heritage. Now there is an exhibition at the museum that compares Native American heritage with Jewish heritage. As in Jewish tradition, Dr. York knows the importance of belonging to a family, a people and a tribe.