Mvskoke Youth Arts Festival

Check out our winners!

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Basket Weaving
"Money Basket"

Asher Jones

1st for 10 & under

"Money Basket"

"My basket is red, purple, and white. I made this basket to hold my money. What my basket means to me is that I am really into my culture."

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"Sooner Basket"

Jaylee Harjo

1st for 16-24

"Sooner Basket"

"What my basket means to me is inspiration to learn more about basket weaving & the Muscogee culture"

"The 4 Directions"

Chenoa Barnett

1st

"The 4 Directions"

"I'm submitting two beaded eagle feathers. My uncle asked me to bead them for his daughters. The beads were given to him by one of my great-uncles, so just to be able to use them was an honor. I used peyote stitch for these feathers and although it was my first time trying this technique, I was very happy with the outcome."

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Beading
Mvskoke Clothing
"Pvrko-ome"

Chenoa Barnett

1st

"Pvrko-ome"

"I'm submitting a purple ribbon skirt with a purple lace overlay. Our Native people took pieces of the Western culture and made them our own, so the ribbon skirt is a sign of adaptation and resilience"

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Short Story
"The Children of the White Potato Clan"

Mackenzie Roberts

1st

"The Children of the White Potato Clan"

"As a white Mvskoke, I've always felt like I had to work harder to be Mvskoke than the other kids. This work explores what it means to not only be Mvskoke, but feel Mvskoke as well."

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Poetry
"The Land Walks with Me Too"

Mackenzie Roberts

1st

"The Land Walks With Me Too"

"This submission is about the pressure I felt being at the University of Oklahoma to represent my tribe and my community. No one believed me when I claimed my tribe, but I always found acceptance back home with my community."

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"My Mvskoke Grandma"

Cloee Graham

Special Mention

"My Mvskoke Grandma"

"We all have that one person in our lives who we could not live without. They are our biggest supporter and influencer. To me, that is my grandma. She has taught me so much about our culture and family history. I promise her to carry it on."

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"Hetute Telekme Efv"

Cloee Graham

1st

"Hetute Telekme Efv"

"To some this is just a dog, but to me this is: happiness, joy, love, comfort, warmth, and my forever bestfriend."

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Digital Art
Visual Art
"Klombo's Life"

George Gonzalez

1st for 10 & under

"Klombo's Life"

"This is my Creek tribal town and stick ball and I really like this. So the reason I made Klombo is so I could have something (showing) Klombo's life. I wanted to be a war turtle."

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Unicorn Turtle & Clay Kitty

Isabella Gonzalez

Special Mention

Unicorn Turtle & Clay Kitty

"I made a unicorn turtle and a clay kitty. Unicorn turtle wanted to fly but had no wings. So her friend clay kitty has wings and took unicorn turtle flying. Unicorn turtle hung on to a stick from the bottom."

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"Red Bird Visiting"

Tyler LeBlanc

1st for 11-15

"Red Bird Visiting"

"The Red bird woodpecker reminds me of sitting outside with my grandpa and my dad. Now when I see them it is a great memory."

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"Eye of the Beholder"

Bayley Ross

1st for 16-24

"Eye of the Beholder"

"A young girl finding confidence in a mysterious being."

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Traditional Arts
"Griot Figure"

Rylo Rhodes

1st for 10 & under

"Griot Figure"

"This painting is inspired by the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat. We learned about him in art class at school. Griots are important because they pass down history through storytelling, poetry, and music."

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"Sea Turtle"

Archy Rhodes

2nd for 10 & under

"Sea Turtle"

"I painted this turtle in a family art class. I like ocean creatures. I enjoyed painting the detail on the shell."

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"My Tribal Town Sport"

George Gonzalez

3rd for 10 & under

"My Tribal Town Sport"

"They play stick ball. I like but I don't want to play. I don't want to at all and this is how to play. You have sticks. You have to catch the ball with the stick, get it to the other side in however much time you get."

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"A Girl in a Rainbow"

Shyann Polk

1st for 11-15

"A Girl in a Rainbow"

"A girl got lost and wandered into a forest and there she found a rainbow and lives inside of it. It means that someone (a girl) went through something difficult and because she persevered, she has a happy life."

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"Midnight Sky"

Cheyenne Walden

2nd for 11-15

"Midnight Sky"

"[Cheyenne] loves nature and is always taking pictures, and decided to turn on of the photos of the sun setting behind the tree line into a canvas painting. To me, this piece represents the captivating beauty of the days end."

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