Free seminar explains value of authentic tribal art

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DURANT, OK-- A free seminar in Durant, Saturday, explained to local artists the value of authentic Indian Art and Craftwork.

Around twenty area Choctaw Artists listened to guest speakers and spoke about topics ranging from trademarks, copyrights and patents.

The event was sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Indian Arts and Crafts Board.

New marketing techniques and business ideas were discussed, focusing on the importance and authenticity of artwork created by Choctaw tribal members.

Jane Semple-Umsted, is a local artist and gallery owner and spoke at the seminar, "To my knowledge there's never been anything like that, in Durant. Of course the Choctaw Nation has such a presence here, and I'm a Choctaw artist and was so glad to be a part of this as a presenter today."

Organizers say falsely represented Indian artwork is financially devastating to tribes across the United States.

The penalty for impersonating a tribal artist can carry a charge of nearly $250,000.

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