Copyright © Yonavea Hawkins, Native American Bead work Artist

Yonavea Hawkins 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:

Since then she has won 1st or 2nd place with her Woodland (pucker toe) moccasins or loomed 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. Whether doing loom work or two needle appliqué bead work, her bead work designs are a combination of traditional and contemporary using cut beads. 

As an Native American bead work artist Yonavea Hawkins started out with making traditional Caddo dresses and moccasins for herself and Caddo shirts for her sons. When asked to participate in her first art market, she entered a pair of Delaware moccasins in the Bead work competition at the Red Earth Festival and placed 2nd.

Was sah hun nahah !

(Caddo for Hello or Greetings!)

Yonavea Hawkins, Artist

Her beadwork can be purchased from:

Chokma'si Gallery in Ada, OK

Jacobson House in Norman, Oklahoma or www.jacobson

Red Earth Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK or

The Artesian Gallery in Sulphur, OK

Online at