Native American Bead work

 Yonavea Hawkins, the artist creates Native American bead work for Native American and Caddo cultural items. 

About the Artist

Yonavea Hawkins, Caddo bead work artist

Her background

Yonavea received her fine arts degree from Oklahoma City University, but started drawing and painting when in grade school. 

Professionally Yonavea has held job positions as an art director, print buyer, and publishing/production director. She has worked for advertising/branding agencies, publishing companies and printing companies.

Yonavea Hawkins, artist with her sons wearing their Caddo ribbon shirts.

Who she is

As an Native American bead work artist Yonavea Hawkins started with making Caddo moccasins and dresses for herself and then Caddo shirts for her sons. When asked to participate in her first juried art market, she entered a pair of Delaware moccasins in the Bead Work competition at the Red Earth Festival and placed.  

Since then she has continued to place in art market competitions with moccasins (pucker-toe), beaded belts and Native American cultural items in the Bead Work and/or Cultural categories at the Red Earth Festival, South Eastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM), the Artesian Arts Festival and the Cherokee Art Market.      

Caddo Turkey Dance, Yonavea Hawkins is wearing a blue dress she made for herself.

Things she loves

Yonavea Hawkins loves creating Native American bead work using traditional designs with contemporary colors. She enjoys sewing too, but still draws and paints.  

Yonavea is a tribal member of the Caddo (Hasinay) Nation, but also Delaware and Kickapoo. She enjoys dancing at Caddo dances and attending powwows when not getting ready for art markets.  

Yonavea Hawkins, the Artist Interview

  Yonavea was interviewed for the Oklahoma Native Artists Oral History Project. This project documents the lives and work of Oklahoma artists in fine and traditional arts through oral histories discussing individuals first experiences in art, their training, awards and their creative practices. Interviews from other Oklahoma Native Artists can be found at: www.library.okstate.edu/oralhistory/ona     

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