Cherokee People were considered a Woodland Tribe and their Art tended to reveal more of a Rounded or Floral design.
The south Western Art is more Flat in respect to the Horizon with sparse Trees and Flora.
Good point. I never thought of that but it makes sense. A lot of the original Navajo art is very geometric and sometimes sort of "flat" looking designs.
I once worked / trained with some fellows from the Eastern Band Cherokee, but art never really came up and I didn't have much interest anyway when I was up there back then. I'm more familiar with the Navajo art since we have good friends who are Navajo and we try to ride out there and visit every few years.
Sometimes it's hard to tell about an art style because a lot of the people use whatever style suits their fancy and what they know will sell, so sometimes you see stuff that looks nothing like the traditional styles of that tribe. For example, you can see "dream catchers" everywhere, even in the Southwest, but they're from the Northeast Indians. Ojibwa I think maybe.
(And there actually are plenty of eagles in the SW deserts.):smile: