At the heart of the Atlanta BeltLine’s vision lies a commitment to creating public spaces that are open to all where everyone feels welcome. This dedication to inclusivity extends to the art we showcase, aiming to reflect these values in every piece on exhibit.
As we embrace Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month, we want to highlight the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail corridor which features a unique sculpture by Chase Kahwinhut Earles, a Caddo artist.
Chase Earles is on a mission to resurrect the lost art of Caddo tribal pottery. He meticulously employs ancestral methods and materials to create pieces that aim to educate and preserve the cultural identity of the Caddo tribe. Caddo tribal pottery, once widely celebrated in North America, faded into obscurity due to colonialism, removal, cultural repression and diseases. Chase’s art piece, displayed on the Beltline, is a living testament to the ancient Caddo style and identity with emphasis on methods such as clay excavation and meticulous hand-building and engraving.
While celebrating and learning more about Indigenous cultures and heritage, let’s appreciate artists like Chase Earles, who are dedicated to preserving and reviving their cultural treasures. Explore the world of Caddo pottery and Chase’s artistic journey by watching an interview below.