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Mvskoke fashion designer makes a statement with contemporary take on tradition

SHAWNEE – By day, she works at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Cultural Heritage Center as production assistant, but by night, she makes a name for herself in the fashion world.

Native American apparel designer Leslie Deer, Muscogee (Creek), has been building her fashion line for 20 years, applying traditional Mvskoke designs in her contemporary womenswear collections.

“My mother was really interested in fashion and she was a very stylish lady when I was young,” Deer said. “I’m partially inspired by her and partially just because I like to play with colors, sketch things, and create. I’m also inspired by my tribal background and I like to apply that – I just use apparel as an outlet.”

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TULSA – A Chickasaw icon is getting re-introduced to a national audience on the big screen.

After more than a year on the festival circuit, “Te Ata” opened commercially in Oklahoma recently with red carpet premieres in Ada and Tulsa. Produced by the Chickasaw Nation and distributed by Paladin, the storyteller’s biopic is now in national release.

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Chickasaw citizen, Xylan Wallace, receives Best in Show award at the reception for the 2016 Chickasaw Nation 72-hour photography competition. The second annual 72-hour photography competition will take place Friday, Aug. 18 through Monday, Aug. 21. For more information, contact James Wallace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (580) 272-5520.

The Chickasaw Nation will host the second annual 72-hour photography competition Friday, Aug. 18 through Monday, Aug. 21.

The Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities Division gives student, amateur and professional photographers from around the world the opportunity to participate in the three-category competition.

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Native American Body of Art - Opening July 7 during OKC''s Paseo Arts District's First Friday Art Walk

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s been in the back of his mind for 17 years. The painting that didn’t sell.

“It was a piece with two women sitting there. They were bare-breasted, sitting in a chair,” says Brent Learned, Cheyenne and Arapaho, of his first nude art piece.

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