Yonavea Hawkins Named Honored One 2023

    Yonavea Hawkins Named Honored One 2023

    Oklahoma City, OK – Red Earth, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures, is proud to announce Yonavea Hawkins as the Honored One for the 37th Annual Red Earth Festival. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding Native American artists who have made significant contributions to the world of art and their respective communities.


    Yonavea Hawkins, a renowned Caddo beadwork artist, has been creating intricate and vibrant traditional beadwork for over 30 years. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. Hawkins' dedication to upholding and celebrating Caddo culture has earned her numerous accolades and awards, making her the perfect choice for this year's Honored One.


    Hawkins is known for her meticulous craftsmanship, using vibrant colors and traditional designs in her beadwork to tell the story of Caddo culture. Her passion for art began at a young age, inspired by her grandmother, who taught her the art of beadwork. Yonavea has dedicated her life to preserving and sharing her knowledge with others, conducting workshops and demonstrations across the country.


    The Red Earth Festival, will be held at the National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Center in northwest Oklahoma City, showcasing the finest in Native American art, dance, and culture. The three-day event will feature over 100 artists representing various tribes across North America, with a juried art competition, cultural demonstrations, and dance performances.


    During the festival, Hawkins will be honored in a special ceremony for her achievements and contributions to the world of Native American arts and her unyielding commitment to preserving and promoting Caddo culture.

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