For the first time, I will be a part of the Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival in Glenpool, Oklahoma February 5-7. The theme this year is “Honoring Our Veterans and Code Talkers”, and I am so excited to be a part of it. I’ve been working on a series of pots that honor the Choctaw Code Talkers of World Wars I and II just for this event.
If you are not familiar with the term, “code talkers”, let me explain a bit. Near the end of World War I, Choctaw soldiers were asked to communicate sensitive military operations in their own language to assure the Germans could not crack the “code”. The success of this group of 19 Choctaws led to soldiers from a number of other American Indian tribes being asked to help. In World War II a number of tribes were enlisted and special training was given to assure accurate communications. For example, Choctaws used the phrase “Tanampo Chitto” (big gun) to indicate enemy artillery.
In 2008, Congress finally authorized medals be struck to honor the Code Talkers and they were awarded in a ceremony in Washington, DC on November 20, 2013 – almost 70 years later. It will be exciting to see the works created to honor these fine men and all other Native veterans this weekend. If you are in the Tulsa area, or up for a road trip, come join us for a weekend showcasing Native American fine art and tradition. Please stop by and say hello!
With gratitude, Carolyn Bernard Young Choctaw Potter
Empty Bowls is Coming
Excitement is building…Empty Bowls is coming February 19th! Artists all over the area have been busy all year making bowls that ticket holders will choose from. Potters, glass artists, wood turners, and other creatives donate some of their best work to support the Tarrant Area Food Bank in their efforts to feed the hungry in Tarrant County and twelve surrounding counties.
Not only do the artists generously donate their work, but they also volunteer at the event, so you might get to meet the person who actually made the special bowl you choose. Tickets are still available online