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Vanessa Paukeigope Jennings

Vanessa Paukeigope Jennings (b. 1952) is a Kiowa-Apache-Gila River Pima regalia maker, clothing designer, cradle board maker, and bead artist from Oklahoma.[1]

Jennings is enrolled in the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and is the granddaughter of artist Stephen Mopope.

"I do my grandmother's work," Jennings said. "I do my great-grandmother's work. This is what they used to do. They are the ones who should be honored."[2] Besides finished pieces, she is one of the few artists who brain-tans her own hides.[1]

In 1989 Jennings was made a National Heritage Fellow.[3] She was also named a Living National Treasure by the US President and the congress. In 2004, she was named the Honored One by the Red Earth Festival.[1]

She lives in Red Stone, east of Fort Cobb, Oklahoma.[1]


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