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Mvskoke Artist Dana Tiger
Comanche Artist Tim Nevaquaya
GTIAF 2017 Language Forum Participants: Bobbie Gail Smith, Maggie Studi, Dina Huntinghorse, Arigon Starr
Cherokee Artist Traci Rabbit
"Mother's Dreamer" by Ben Adair Shoemaker was the featured art for the first Tulsa Indian Art Festival - March 20, 1987.
Artist Gwen Coleman Lester
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PREMIERE NIGHT SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT GALA
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Miss Chyna Chupco will be crowned Miss Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival at the Premiere Night Scholarship Benefit Gala (Feb 9 at 7 p.m.) This RSVP event funds the Festival's Scholarship Program, and includes the Mvskoke Nation Color Guard, Princess Crowning, Artist Awards, Live and Silent Auctions, Photo Booth and catered hors d'oeuvres. The Festival artists will be in attendance. Individual tickets are $100 each or $750 for eight: http://bit.ly/2BSMVzB


Princess greeters will be Jr Miss Indian Oklahoma, Chelbie Turtle; Tulsa Indian Club Princess, Tyra Williams; Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Amberly Proctor; and Jr Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Iesha Phillips.

 

Chyna is the 17 year old daughter of Tommy Chupco and Tschantre Dorsett.  She resides in Tahlequah, OK and is a junior at Sequoyah High School.  She is active in the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Drama/ Speech & Debate, Student Council, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  She has held five previous titles: Little Miss Seminole Nation, Jr. Miss Indian Oklahoma City, Jr. Miss Seminole Nation, Miss Seminole Nation, and Jr. Miss Indian Oklahoma.  Her hobbies include volleyball, ballet, making patchwork, and playing piano. She also enjoys volunteering in her community.  

2018 FEATURED ARTIST 
CHEROKEE NATIONAL TREASURE JANE OSTI
Jane specializes in traditional Cherokee pottery. View video about Osti from Osiyo TV:http://osiyo.tv/segments/jane-osti-our-pottery-our-people-2/

In 2005, Osti was one of the youngest Cherokee artists to be appointed as a Living Treasure by Cherokee Nation. She has traveled and exhibited extensively since 1991, doing Museum shows and Indian Markets, winning prestigious awards and is followed by many international collectors.

Jane makes traditional Southeastern Woodland/Mound builders inspired pottery, also contemporary woodland style earthenware and Raku pottery. Jane creates clay sculpture and slab built (flattened clay) masks, platters and shields that are inspired by Woodland arts and artifacts. The images usually depict abstract animals, landscape and nature, with symbols of endurance, protection and celestial activity.

Her home and studio are in Tahlequah, OK, where she also graduated from Northeastern State University, with a Bachelors of Art, Fine Arts Magna Cum Laude in 1989 and a Masters of Science Education in 1992.

“I began making wheel thrown pottery and sculptures at NSU with instructor, Jerry Choate. In 1989, I met Cherokee potter Anna Mitchell, who introduced me to traditional Cherokee pottery. I learned the basics of coil building and wood firing. In 1993, I studied with John Reeve (of the Barnard Leach school of pottery, London, England) in Santa Fe, New Mexico." 

Her pottery is coil built then decorated by incising or cutting the design into the clay or glazed for Raku firing. The pottery is wood fired or kiln fired or both, depending on the clay and the desired final outcome.
2018 HONORED ELDER ARTIST
MVSKOKE ARTIST WILLIAM HARJO
Internationally recognized flutist and flute maker William Harjo (Muscogee Creek) is our Honored Elder Artist for the 2018 Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival (Feb 9-11 at the Glenpool Conference Center). Visit his booth and enjoy his music throughout the Festival!

Harjo is a 6th generation flute maker and also writes and records flute music. William has had the honor of displaying and playing his hand made flutes four times at Smithsonian venues and has been written about in the Smithsonian magazine. He specializes in flutes made from river cane, cedar, and exotic hardwood from Africa, Hawaii, Brazil, and South America. (William grew up in McIntosh County, OK with cultural ceremonies and speaking only his Creek language until he started 1st grade.)
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The Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival is the largest inter-tribal fine art show in the Greater Tulsa Area and is ranked one of the best national fine art shows for authentic Native American art.

The annual Festival includes a national, juried fine art show, cultural exhibitions, traditional dancing, entertainment, and storytelling, and a Tribal Language Forum (open to the public).