Introducing the Authentically Cherokee video!

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Well, here it is!

I can’t even tell you how excited I am to share our video marketing the Authentically Cherokee brand and the work that we do in partnership with Sequoyah Fund, a Native American Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in Cherokee, North Carolina. I know it may not seem like a big achievement to you, but trust me, it is a giant leap forward for ONABEN and its team!

The best part of making this video? Hmmm, working with the artists in Cherokee, North Carolina, hands down. But, I also have to say that there is something about seeing our work in this VERY multi-media way…a method that tells the “story” of our journey and our work in ways that written word cannot. THIS video is representative of SO many things…the art, the work, the partnership, our dedication to our mission, the expansion of our organization, the enhanced marketing of our organization and ONABEN’s continued progress forward!

What do I feel when I watch the video and see the artists at work? I feel such an array of emotions! I am humbled that these amazing artists have accepted us into their community. And, in return they have stolen the hearts of the ONABEN team! We are dedicated to this project, and I believe this video depicts that dedication.

This vignette is the first of many that will document our work going forward. As you watch the images and hear the words that encompass this recording, my hope is that you will have a greater understanding of our commitment to ALL of those that we serve. My hope is that curiosity is instilled within you, a curiosity that will lead you to want to know MORE about the artists that make up the Authentically Cherokee brand. My hope is that  each of you becomes as captivated with the culture and beauty of a place and of a people that can ONLY be defined as Authentically Cherokee.

“Talk” soon and thank you for viewing!  V.


Michael Bridges

Michael Bridges

Michael is a proud U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the Cherokee Nation. With 10 years of service as an Infantryman, Michael implements the core values of integrity, honor, and selfless service into his leadership of the company. With over 20 years of experience, Michael began working with building websites and graphic design in 1998. A family-oriented man, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife Kristina and their three children. He is a proud and active member of Jenks Lodge #497 A.F. & A.M. and an advisor for the Order of DeMolay.