Yonavea Hawkins, Native American Artist and Native American Bead Work

Native American bead work for moccasins, beaded belts, hatbands, and bracelets. Traditional and contemporary combined.

About the Artist

Original Caddo homelands were Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

“Naawihi” ( "Welcome" in Caddo)

Yonavea Hawkins is an Native American bead work artist who creates unique bead work designs using a beading loom with size 13 cut beads. She also creates Native American cultural items such as moccasins using a 2-needle applique stitch for the bead work.  Her favorite bead size are size 13's because there are more color choices than in the smaller size beads. 

Yonavea is Caddo (Hasinay), but also Delaware and Kickapoo. She loves Caddo dances and attending powwows when not getting ready for art markets.  

My other website displays bead work and art work

More examples of my Native American bead work and Native American art can be found at 


Pictured below is the Turkey Dance, one of the many traditional dances of the Caddo Nation. Notice the women's dushtous and silver combs worn on the back of their heads.  

Caddo women dancing the Turkey Dance one of the many traditional dances of the Caddo Nation.

Award Winning Native American Bead Work Artist

Yonavea has won awards for her bead work at juried art markets such as the Red Earth Festival, Artesian Arts Festival, South Eastern Art Show and Market, and the Cherokee Art Market in the bead work and cultural categories.


Currently Yonavea's bead work is on display and for sale at: the Red Earth Museum and Gallery in Oklahoma City, OK, ​Chokma'si Gallery in Ada, OK, Artesian Gallery in Sulphur, OK,  Jacobson House in Norman, OK, Caddoan Mounds in Alto, TX  and online at: http://www.coyotesgame.com/beadbelt3.html

Contact Yonavea Hawkins

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Contact her for commission work, presentations and bead work classes.

Yonavea Hawkins, Native Artist Interview

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: www.library.okstate.edu/oralhistory/ona