Timothy Nevaquaya

Timothy Tate Nevaquaya looks at a hand made flute that he made during the opening reception held at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.

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The Duncan Banner

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center features an artist every month that has ties to western or Native American culture. This month’s artist is Timothy Tate Nevaquaya, of the Comanche tribe and southern Oklahoma native.

Nevaquaya, a visual artist, has spent years studying the history and culture of the Comanche people, including spending time with tribal elders.

While he studied visual arts, he also developed his interest for Indian flute music. His father, Doc Tate Nevaquaya, was a flute maker. According to artist bio information provided by the CTHC, Nevaquaya is one a just a few artists who continue the traditional style of Native American paintings.

At the 2002 American Indian Exposition, he received a “Best of Show” award for his work.

A reception was held earlier this month at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center for Nevaquaya who also performed with his flute for those attending.

“Tim was a great speaker. He told how he started his own style. He played the flute and talked about his dad, Doc Tate and his painting style,” said Leah Mulkey, education coordinator and office manager for CTHC.

“All art exhibits are free viewing to the public. He does have some art for sale.”

His work will be on display through Feb. 7, in the Blue Room. Those attending the Trail Dance Film Festival can view the artist’s work.

— Toni Hopper is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. She can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 132 or by e-mail at: toni.hopper@duncanbanner.com

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