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Holba' Pisachi' Native Film Festival to Showcase Women in Media

SULPHUR, Okla. – Admired Native American personalities Delanna Studi and fashion designer Patricia Michaels will be among featured participants at the fourth annual Holba' Pisachi' Native Film Festival. The festival is set for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 14, in the Anoli' Theater at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Road, and includes film screenings, panel discussions and a fashion show.

Studi, actress Casey Camp-Horinek, Joely Proudfit, Ph.D. and Chickasaw historian Jeannie Barbour will take part in a panel revolving around the festival theme "Native Women en Masse: Harmony Through Cultural Identity and Allegiance in Electronic Media."

Studi is an actress and live performance artist known for her roles in "Edge of America," "Dreamkeeper" and most recently for her self-authored play, "AND SO WE WALKED: An Artist's Journey Along the Trail of Tears."

Camp-Horinek is an actress and activist best known for her performance in the film "Barking Water" and recent supporting role in "The Chickasaw Rancher," currently in post-production

Proudfit helped establish The Native Networkers (TNN), a consulting company which provides resources to film and television industries that improve understanding and foster authentic representation of Native American and Indigenous peoples in storylines, exhibition and marketing campaigns. She has worked on high profile projects such as the 2017 film, "Hostiles."

Barbour is an artist and author who served as content producer/screenwriter for "Te Ata," "The Chickasaw Rancher" and "Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher."

Contemporary artist J. Nicole Hatfield will conduct a live painting throughout the day dedicated to this year's theme.

Film screenings will include "Blessed," "Barking Water," "Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher" and "Hostiles." Question-and-answer sessions will be held after the screenings.

A stomp dance demonstration by the Chickasaw Dance Troupe will be presented at 11:10 a.m.

A Native Fashion Show, featuring Michaels, contemporary cultural fashion designer Leslie Deer, textile artist Margaret Roach Wheeler, textile artist Tyra Shackleford, and Hatfield, will begin at 1 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session.

Michaels is known for her successful run on season 11 of Project Runway in 2012, where she won the first runner-up title.

Deer specializes in using traditional applique techniques influenced by spirals and abstract floral designs of the Muscogee people from the Southeast.

Wheeler was recently honored for her contributions to the arts in Oklahoma during the 42nd Governor's Arts Awards.

Shackleford is a winner of many art competitions including the prestigious SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market.

Hatfield's work can be seen on the "Strength of a Woman" mural located in the Bricktown retail district in Oklahoma City.

A red carpet photo opportunity and autograph session are part of the festival activities.

"Hostiles" will be screened at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session with Proudfit.


The 2018 Holba' Pisachi' (Showing Pictures) Native Film Festival will spotlight Native American women with ties to the film industry by way of filmmaking, producing, writing, wardrobe, marketing and cultural accuracy consultants.

The festival theme is "Native Women En Masse: Harmony through Cultural Identity and Allegiance in Electronic Media." The focus will be on educating about the past, present and future of Native women's identities through their own ways of storytelling using various mass media tools.

Festival activities include films, question and answer sessions, panel discussions, exhibitions, demonstrations and traditional Native American food.

The Holba' Pisachi' Native Film Festival is open to the public at no charge. Schedule is subject to change.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday noon - 5 p.m.

For more information, call 580-622-7130 or visit


10 a.m. Welcome and ceremonial prayer in Chickasaw language by Rose Jefferson (Chickasaw elder)

10:10 a.m. J. Nicole Hatfield (Comanche/Kiowa) live painting demonstration begins in the Anoli' Theater lobby

10:10 a.m. Short films from Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) students

11:10 a.m. Chickasaw stomp dance demonstration

11:30 a.m. "Blessed" starring Delanna Studi (Cherokee)

11:55 a.m. Q&A with Delanna Studi

1 p.m. Native Fashion Show

1:30 p.m. Q&A with Native Fashion Show designers Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo), Leslie Deer (Muscogee), Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw) and Tyra Shackleford (Chickasaw)

1:45 p.m. Excerpt reading from "AND SO WE WALKED: An Artist's Journey Along the Trail of Tears," an original play written and performed by Delanna Studi

1:55 p.m. Q&A with Delanna Studi

2:10 p.m. "Barking Water" starring Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca)

3:30 p.m. Q&A with Casey Camp-Horinek

3:45 p.m. "Native Women en Masse: Harmony Through Cultural Identity and Allegiance in Electronic Media" panel discussion with Delanna Studi, Casey Camp-Horinek, Dr. Joely Proudfit (Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission) and Jeannie Barbour (Chickasaw)

4:15 p.m. "Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher" documentary

5:15 p.m. Q&A with Jeannie Barbour

5:30 p.m. Red carpet photos and autographs

6:30 p.m. "Hostiles"

8:45 p.m. Q&A with Dr. Joely Proudfit


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