As an award winning Native American artist Yonavea started when she participated in her first juried art market, entering 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 other Native American 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, Eiteljorg Indian Art Market, and the Cherokee Art Market
2019 Awards – 1st place Bead work/Quillwork at Artesian Arts Festival, 1st place Bead work and 1st place Cultural Items at Red Earth, 3rd place Bead work Traditional and 3rd place Bead work Contemporary at Eiteljorg Indian Art Market
2018 Awards: 1st and 2nd place in Bead work at Eiteljorg, 1st place for Bead work and 2nd place for Beaded Jewelry at the South Eastern Art Show and Market. Received 2nd place (Bead work Traditional) at the Cherokee Art Market. 1st and 3rd place in Bead work at the Red Earth Festival.
This is not a complete list of her awards .
I am enrolled member of the Caddo Nation and I am also Delaware Nation and Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma. For my bead work I use Czech cut beads and my bead work is done on a loom or hand stitched on buckskin using two needle applique stitch or half stitch. I sign and date my work, so you know that it is an original piece made by me. My bead work has several influences ranging from South Eastern, Woodland and I live in Indian Country,
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