Oral history interview with Yonavea Hawkins
TitleOral history interview with Yonavea Hawkins
DescriptionYonavea Hawkins, a professional artist, is well-known for her beadwork and drawings. She talks about growing up and loving art, but she recognized that being a full-time artist is difficult and instead followed a commercial art career in graphic design and production for many years. She explains how she first started making traditional clothing for her children and how that grew into her making more beaded cultural items for competitions, which led to her career as a professional artist. She describes her process and influences from Caddo history and culture. Hawkins discusses some of the challenges of doing intricate beadwork and the research that goes into all of her art. She comments on the teaching work she has done to help more people understand the specifics of Caddo culture. She also acknowledges the role dancing plays in Caddo culture and how that has impacted her life and work significantly.
InterviewerLittle Thunder, Julie Pearson
KeywordOklahoma Native Artists; Caddo heritage; Red Earth Festival; Creative process
SubjectIndians of North America; Artists; Interviews; Caddo dance; Indian beadwork; Drawing; Indians of North America--Material culture; Indians of North America--Clothing
SpatialOklahoma; Choctaw, Oklahoma; Alto, Texas
Citation of materialOklahoma Oral History Research Program-Oklahoma State University