Meet Lisa . . .
Lisa LaRue Baker is an eclectic, a creator and a curator.
Composer/keyboardist and music producer, she has recorded 7 international albums, been nominated for a Hollywood Music Award, LA Music Award, and a Native American Music Award. Her music has been used in documentaries and video games, as well. She was the first female artist signed to the Native American label Natural Visions, a division of SOAR, and her debut album in the 1990’s was the first to feature a complete book of visual art and historical dialog – Lisa writing the history, and her cousin Joan Hill – the most awarded female Native American artist – providing the numerous pieces of artwork for the booklet.
As an author, she has contributed to or edited over 25 children’s and academic books on Native American history, and has authored several books of her own on Native history, alternative health, and a children’s book about Orangutans.
As a photographer, she has had a one-woman exhibit in Los Angeles, Muskogee, OK and Atlanta, GA. Her photo essay on Historic Sites in Los Angeles Associated with The Doors has received recognition from The Doors’ management team, and some of her photos featured in their App on the band’s history.
As a federally registered Native American (enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), she is a traditional double-wall basket maker, taught by Cherokee Nation Living Treasure Basket Maker Anna Sixkiller. As a staff member of Cherokee Nation’s Cultural Resource Center and later Director of Language, History and Culture for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, she has taught thousands of children over a 20+ year timespan, to make Cherokee baskets, cornhusk dolls, jewelry, as well as Cherokee language and culture. She was the Director of the Keetoowah’s tribal museum, and an exhibit designer for the Cherokee Heritage Center. She has her work in both museums, as well as the collection of the Five Civilized Tribes Museum and in numerous Federal government collections.
She was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas by her maternal grandparents, and has returned home to enjoy all the things life has to offer after retiring from tribal service. She is a Teaching Artist and Resident Artist at Amused Gallery in NOTO, and her vintage fashion collection has been featured in several national magazines and worn by many celebrities in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. She is a member of the Topeka Art Guild and the Teaching Artist's Guild.
Education has always been important to me, but creativity is my passion. I find that creativity is often the best way to educate others. Whether it be through my music, writing, photography, bohemian art, or traditional Cherokee arts, I find a way for each piece to not only speak to someone’s
soul, but leave a lasting memory of history – or hope for the future. As a Native American artist, I not only create traditional art of my tribe, but contemporary arts in many genres. Touching all cultures, experiences and goals is not only the life of the contemporary Native American, but helps reach many people. Native American art does not always have to have an “Indian” theme, but when mine does, it is from either the Native perspective or embodies traditional teachings