More than 100 First American artists are expect to participate in the 10th annual Artesian Arts Festival, April 22, in Sulphur.

More than 100 First American artists to attend 10th annual event

Sulphur, Okla. – First American art and artists will be celebrated during the 10th annual Artesian Arts Festival, Saturday, April 22, at the Artesian Plaza.

The Artesian Arts Festival features music, dance and cuisine, and highlights First American art and artists.

More than 100 First American artists representing 15 tribal nations are expected to display a wide variety of original art such as jewelry, sculpture, beadwork, paintings, basketry, metalwork, textiles and pottery.

“We are thrilled to welcome many esteemed First American artists to the Artesian Arts Festival,” Mark Milligan, Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities Executive Officer, said. “The Artesian Arts Festival provides First American artists a wonderful venue to showcase their works and offers family-friendly activities for all ages.”

In its 10th year, the festival also features a wide variety of tribal dance demonstrations, musical entertainment and food vendors.

First American rappers Lil Mike and Funny Bone, of Oklahoma City, will headline this year’s entertainment. Collectively known as Mike Bone, the Pawnee and Choctaw siblings are known as “America's Got Talent” standouts. The duo are also well-known motivational speakers, comedians and dancers. Both have recurring roles on the streaming series “Reservation Dogs.”

Other musical entertainment scheduled includes High Water Gamble, Isaac McClung, The Redmen Blues Band, Justin Logan, Bluez Boyz, TJ Todd Band, Tone Gyah Dae and Emily Rhyne.

The Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe, Pueblo Enchantment Dancers, Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli Aztec Dancers and Grey Snow Dance Troupe will demonstrate and share First American dances throughout the day.

Children’s activities and several food vendors will also be available, as well as a Chickasaw elders’ art market.

Open to the public at no charge, the Artesian Arts Festival takes place 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Artesian Plaza, adjacent to the Artesian Hotel and Spa, 1001 W. First St., Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Shuttle service will be available from designated parking locations, including the Chickasaw Cultural Center and the Sulphur Football Field.

For more information, contact Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities at (580) 272-5520, visit or email


2023 Artesian Arts Festival Artists

Mary Ruth Barnes, Chickasaw

Tina Benavente, Coushatta Nation of Louisiana

Kelsey Breon, Chickasaw

Chance           Brown, Chickasaw

Melvin Burris, Chickasaw

Natalie Charqueno, Chickasaw

Kelton Cloud, Choctaw

Penny Coates, Citizen Potawatomi

Robin Coile, Cherokee

Brent Deramus, Choctaw

Glenda Dewbre, Chickasaw

Margaret Dillard, Chickasaw

David Dowdy, Chickasaw

Keith Edaakie, Pueblo of Zuni

Susie Edgar, Chickasaw

L Wayne Edgar Jr., Chickasaw

Wayne Edgar, Chickasaw

Hunter Erwin, Choctaw

Gary Farris, Cherokee

Sue Fish, Chickasaw

Danielle Fixico, Chickasaw/Muscogee/Choctaw

Cristina Foster , Chickasaw

Melissa Freeman, Chickasaw

Abby Gaines, Chickasaw

Amy Gantt, Chickasaw

Jenn Garcia, San Felipe Pueblo, New Mexico

Ray Garcia, San Felipe Pueblo, New Mexico

Allana George, Chickasaw

Don Grace, Chickasaw

Mariah Greenwood-Taylor, Chickasaw

Sharon Gregory, Chickasaw

Paul Hacker, Choctaw

Benjamin Harjo, Jr., Absentee Shawnee

Rita Hart, Choctaw/Jicarilla Apache

Beth Harvey, Chickasaw

Billy Hensley, Chickasaw

Jennifer Hicks, Chickasaw

Josh Hinson, Chickasaw

Steve Holland, Cherokee

Daniel Horsechief, Pawnee/Cherokee

Mary Howard, Muscogee/Creek

Norma Howard, Choctaw

Lisa Hudson, Chickasaw

Tyson Hudson, Chickasaw

Charley Johnson, Chickasaw

Jo Johnson, Chickasaw

Brenda Kingery, Chickasaw

John Knotts, Cherokee

Brian Landreth, Chickasaw

Kelly Langley, Chickasaw

Leanne Lee, Zuni Pueblo/Navajo

Sheena Logan, Seminole

Dustin Mater, Chickasaw

Howard McDonald, Chickasaw

De Armon Miller, Comanche

Vanessa Milligan, Chickasaw

Ron Mitchell, Cherokee

Susan Mueggenborg, Chickasaw

Steven Morales, Cherokee

Grant Morris, Cherokee

Lauretta Newby-Coker, Choctaw

Buddy Parchcorn, Cherokee

Courtney Parchcorn-John, Chickasaw

Vicki Penner, Chickasaw

Coco Percival, Chickasaw

Russ Percival, Chickasaw

Rose Ann Percival, Chickasaw

Jack Pettigrew, Chickasaw

Wendell Pettigrew, Chickasaw

Cotie Poe-Underwood , Chickasaw

Donnie Poindexter, Cherokee

Lisa Presgrove , Chickasaw

Monica Jo Raphael, Grand Travers Band of Ottawa and Chippewa

Heather Richardson, Chickasaw

Monette Richardson, Chickasaw

Stuart Sampson, Potawatomi

Amanda Schultz, Chickasaw

Jane Semple Umsted, Choctaw

Jackie Sevier, Northern Arapaho

Candace Shanholtzer, Choctaw

Courtney Smith, Chickasaw

Rena Smith, Chickasaw

John Sneed, Chickasaw

Sarah Stewart, Cherokee

Lance Straughn, Chickasaw

Richard Thomas, Chickasaw

Julie Thornton , Cherokee

Jon Tiger, Muscogee

Kaitlyn Tingle, Chickasaw

Cynthia Turner, Chickasaw

Toni Underwood-Castleberry, Chickasaw

Mercedes Volino, Chickasaw

Ashley Wallace, Chickasaw

Deana Ward, Choctaw

Tana Washington, Cherokee

Brittany Whelchel, Chickasaw

Ben White, Chickasaw

Mary Wilds, Chickasaw

Kate Wiley, Chickasaw

Laura Wilmoth, Chickasaw/Choctaw/Muscogee

Daniel Worcester, Chickasaw

J. Daniel Worcester, Chickasaw