A colorfully beaded handmade Indian doll, created by Cheyenne-Arapaho artist Laketa Pratt of Oklahoma City, received the Grand Award for best of show Friday at the 27th annual Red Earth festival’s juried art competition.
“I’m so surprised! I want to hug everybody,” Pratt said as she arranged the large purple grand prize rosette in her booth at the Cox Convention Center. “I can’t believe it. This is just my second year to enter.”
“Miss Powwow Nation” priced at $950, was inspired by Pratt’s own stint as a 1978 tribal princess.
Pratt, who works full-time in the social services department of the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, said making the intricately costumed dolls is her “side gig,” something she does after work to relax.
“Miss Powwow” was made using wool trade cloth, human hair that was braided and woven into a wig and jewelry, breastplate, belt, purse and moccasins decorated with tiny Czech colored glass beads, brass beads and porcupine quills.
Pratt credits her grandmother’s encouragement with her trying her hand at making beaded dance outfits for her daughter and then creating the beaded Indian dolls.
“She was always making things and encouraging me to do things.”
In addition to the Grand Award, which includes $1,500 in cash, Pratt also received a second prize ribbon and $300 in the Cultural Items, Diversified category for “Proud Parents,” a pair of Indian dolls in traditional Southern Cheyenne beaded buckskin outfits. Pratt said she made the twosome to go with the powwow doll. “I sort of thought she needed some parents with her,” Pratt said. “They were kind of a last-minute thing.”
The Red Earth President’s Award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize, was presented to Chickasaw blade artist Daniel Talbert Worcester of Ardmore for “Big Fish,” a colorful fish-shaped knife, priced at $2,000 and fashioned out of scavenged materials, including a wrench from a 1930s-era Ford automobile.
Worcester, who is also the festival’s 2013 Honored One, is known for creating imaginative knives out of “found” objects such as old coins, billiard balls and dominoes.
Worcester said he considers himself and his work as “neo-traditionalist.”
“Making something different every time is the fun,” said Worcester, who worked as a systems analyst for AT&T for 38 years. “I like knowing that the next piece isn’t going to be like the last one.”
Worcester also won a first prize and $500 in the Cultural Items, Utilitarian category for “Skinny Knife,” which features a handle crafted from old domino pieces.
Northeast Alabama Cherokee sculptor Troy Anderson received the Kathleen Everett Upshaw Award and $750 for his sculpture, “Little Jack.” Anderson also took first prize in the Sculpture category for “American Pickers.”
AT A GLANCE
Red Earth art awards
Art winners in 14 other categories were honored during the AT&T Red Earth Adult Art Awards ceremony. First-place winners in each category received $500; second place, $300; and third, $100. Those artists and their winning artworks were as follows:
•First: Vivian Garner-Cottrell (Cherokee), Dream Weaver.
•Second: Ronda Talbert Moss (Cherokee), Baby Locks.
•Third: Mary Aitson (Cherokee), Black Walnuts & Acorns.
•First: La Verna Capes (Cherokee), Buckskin Dress.
•Second: Yonavea Hawkins (Caddo Delaware), Blue Dreams.
•Third: Michael Standing (Cherokee), Feather Fan .
Clothing, textiles, weaving:
•First: Rafina Canyon (Cherokee), Two Gray Hills rug.
•Second: Brihilda Coriz (Santa Domingo Pueblo) Traditional shirt.
•Third: Frances Begay (Navajo), Yei rug—Harvest Season.
•First: Nelson Garcia (Kewa/Santo Domingo Pueblo), Reflection of Kingman Turquoise.
•Second: Nelda Schrupp (Pheasant Rump Nakota), Necklace Breastplate.
•Third: Sharon Trudeau (Odawa), Eclipse.
•First: Nelson Garcia (Kewa/Santo Domingo Pueblo), Boulder Turquoise.
•Second: George Begay (Navajo), Ornate Bracelet.
•Third: Jolene Bird (Santo Domino Pueblo), Corn Necklace.
Cultural items, utilitarian:
•First: Daniel Worcester (Chickasaw), Skinny Knife.
•Second: James Black (Cheyenne Arapaho), Sister That Saved Her Brother.
•Third: Nelda Schrupp (Pheasant Rump Nakota), Decorative Set of Two Rattles.
Cultural items, diversified:
•First: George Levi (Southern Cheyenne), Ledger Art, Cheyenne Headdress.
•Second: Laketa Pratt (Cheyenne Arapaho Sioux Creek), Proud Parents.
•Third: Gary Roybal (San Ildefonso Pueblo/Tewa), Kings of the Mountain.
Drawings and graphics:
•First: Marwin Begaye (Navajo), Southern Plains Warrior.
•Second: Jon Tiger (Creek), Sister Love.
•Third: Linda Kukuk (Choctaw), Moonlit Flight.
Painting, oil/acrylic :
•First: Raymond Nordwall (Pawnee/Ojibwe) Reflections of Yesterday.
•Second: Jon Tiger (Creek), Sacred Birds of the Mississippians.
•Third: Dylan Cavin (Choctaw), Ann.
•First: Linda Kukuk (Choctaw), Medicine Crow.
•Second: Bobby Bales (Taos Pueblo), Telling Time.
•Third: Starr Hardridge (Creek), Southern Cloth.
•First: Alan Yeahquo (Kiowa), Raising the Church for the New Year.
•Second: Connie Yellowman (Cheyenne/Arapaho), Ho’ ne he tan ei (Wolf People).
•Third: Alan Yeahquo (Kiowa) Ageless we Victory Dance.
•First: Jeri Redcorn (Caddo/Potawatomi), Turkey Dance.
•Second: Chase Kahwinhut Earles (Caddo), Natchitoches Witsi.
•Third: Scott Roberts (Muscogee Creek), Mythical Birdman.
•First: Scott Roberts (Muscogee Creek), Keeper of the Fire.
•Second: Jeri Redcorn (Caddo/Potawatomi), Nacoqdoches Scrolls.
•Third: Lisa Rutherford (Cherokee Nation), Textile Imprinted Pottery.
•First: Troy Anderson (Cherokee N.E. Alabama), American Pickers.
•Second: Michael Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo/Tewa), Spring Time Pueblo Girl.
•Third: Gary Moore (Choctaw), Conflict on the High Plains.