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June 26, 2013

Chickasaw artist named ‘Red Earth Honored One’ for 2013

Oklahoma City — Chickasaw artist Daniel Worcester, Ardmore, was recently feted as “2013 Red Earth Honored One” during the 27th annual Red Earth Festival. Worcester was honored during his 20th year to participate in the Red Earth Festival. 

Selected annually, the Red Earth Honored One is a Native American master visual artist who has supported and influenced the Native American artistic community and has a continuing involvement and participation in their art form. 

“I am humbled and excited to be named as the Honored One,”  Worcester said. “Red Earth has a great legacy, and to be recognized along with the other talented artists who have been named the Honored One before me is very humbling and overwhelming.”

An accomplished bladesmith, Worcester uses traditional methods of forging “neo-traditional” art pieces from a variety of materials including dominoes, billiard balls, sterling silver utensils and even old wagon springs. 

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said that Daniel Worcester is very deserving of the honor.

“We congratulate Daniel on earning this distinction. He is a renowned artist whose work has been held in high regard by the Chickasaw Nation and the Red Earth Festival for decades,” said Anoatubby. “Daniel epitomizes the creativity, adaptability and determination which have long been hallmarks of Chickasaw culture. His ingenious ability to create knives which combine beauty and functionality helps bring to mind the centuries-old Chickasaw tradition of creating useful everyday items which are also works of art.”

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