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Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma

The Artistic Works of Jackie Pay Yellowhair

October 20 - December 8, 2012

Jackie Ray Yellowhair, the fourth child of Asau and Lela Yellowhair, was raised nine miles west of Anadarko, Oklahoma, in an area known as Buzzard Creek. Born during the winter solstice, Jackie grew up steeped in the culture of his people, the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Jackie's father taught him winter hand game songs and how to make drums, and he carries this knowledge with great respect.

Jackie's father excelled in feather making, and his mother displayed an intricate knowledge of beadwork. Together they are the foundation of Jackie's knowledge of art. His parents influence led Jackie to begin learning beadwork. At the age of seven he started beading on a loom. He then learned gourd stitch, and by the time he was a teenager he graduated to feather work.

Countless projects later, Jackie found his niche in fans and feather work. Inspiration for his designs and colors comes in many different forms. Each time a new set of feathers comes to him, he makes a mental note of his surroundings. For instance he can remember the particular season, weather, time of day, and color of the sky. Together, these elements influence the final piece. Jackie is grateful to past feather workers and hand game players for contributing to the preservation of the Kiowa heritage, and as an individual, Jackie tries to do his part in preserving the culture of his forefathers. He hopes his work will be an encouragement to all, invoke a sense of wellbeing, and let the elders know that these artistic practices and ways are being perpetuated.

For information on purchasing pieces after the show please contact Jackie Yellowhair, RR 3 Box 500 Ft. Cobb OK, 73038.

The Southern Plains Indian Museum is managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior. For hours of operation call 1-405-247-6221.


"My favorite part of making fans is doing the feather work. The beadwork is more tedious and time consuming, but when a new design comes it drives me to do my best. In the end everything fits together and becomes what I want it to be."


Blue and Gold Macaw FanBlue and Gold Macaw Fan
2012 Jackie Yellowhair

Winter Hawk Fan
Winter Hawk Fan

2012 Jackie Yellowhair

Road Runner
Road Runner
2012 Jackie Yellowhair

Cockatoo Fan
Cockatoo Fan

2012 Jackie Yellowhair

Green Parrot
Green Parrot

2012 Jackie Yellowhair


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