Choctaw Nation District 11 Councilman Robert Karr wants everyone to come and enjoy Native American arts and crafts while benefiting seniors this Saturday in McAlester.
“It’s the first we’ve had in several years,” Karr said.
The councilman said there were a few local Choctaw artists doing everything from woodcarving, beadwork, paintings, and other types of Native American-made arts and crafts.
“I just thought I would try to get some recognition, promote some of their stuff and maybe they could sell some stuff as well,” Karr said.
In addition to local Choctaw artists, the showcase will also feature Muscogee (Creek) artist Jon Tiger.
“He does paintings,” Karr said. “He’s quite popular and well known.”
Other artists from Ada and Muskogee will also perform on Saturday.
The Native American Arts and Crafts Showcase will be held Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Choctaw Nation Community Center located at 3274 Afullota Hina in McAlester from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Along with the showcase, District 11 Elders will be hosting an Indian Taco Fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to raise money for activities and trips throughout the year.
“I’ve also asked vendors to donate 10% of their profits up to $100 to the seniors’ group in the community,” Karr said. “So if they’re selling for $100, it’s only $10.”
Karr said there was room for more vendors if any were interested.
He said if the person is Native American and the items are genuine, they are encouraged to contact Karr for more information.
“We’ve had this problem before, like at the powwow and the Labor Day festival,” Karr said.
Karr can be reached by calling 580-579-2680.
According to Karr, vendors will start setting up Friday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 7 a.m.
“We wanted to do this primarily for our local Choctaw artists to try and promote some of their stuff and hopefully that will grow,” Karr said. “I hope next year it will be bigger and better.”
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