Annette Arkeketa

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Annette Arkeketa is an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma. She is also Muscogee Creek. She conducts professional workshops in poetry, playwriting, the creative process, script consultant, and documentary film making. She is also director of Native American film studies at Comanche Nation College.


Arkeketa's essay, "Repatriation: Religious Freedom, Equal Protection, Institutional Racism", was published in a philosophical reader anthology, edited by Anne Water, titled American Indian Thought (2004).

Annette continues,

My personal feelings about writing is that it is necessary for our Indian people to write and produce great works about ourselves. It is important to challenge ourselves to write in the genres that we are unfamiliar with. The more we write the better we become as fiction writers, non-fiction writers, playwrights, screenplay writers, journalists, poets, research and essay writers.

My more recent work has been concentrated in the area of media production for feature films and television documentaries. I believe television and the big screen is the most powerful media available to us today.

The importance of our visibility in these areas writing and the media is for our children. They deserve to perform our work on stage and film. Always they seek us on the shelves of libraries, magazine racks, and newspaper stands. They seek us as mentors and role models, let's not disappoint them.


Arkeketa's play Hokti has been produced by the Tulsa Indian Actors' Workshop, Tulsa Oklahoma (1997)[1][2] and The Thunderbird Theatre, Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence Kansas (1998). Hokti is published in Stories of Our Way: An Anthology of American Indian Plays, UCLA American Indian Studies Center 1999.[3]

Her play Ghost Dance has been performed at public readings at the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma (2001); Tulsa University, Tulsa, Oklahoma (2002); American Indian Community House, New York, New York (2003). It has been performed with acting workshops in Lawton, Oklahoma.[4] In spring 2004 the full-length drama was produced by the Institute of American Indian Arts, Drama Department. Ghost Dance is published in Keepers of the Morning Star: An Anthology of Native Women's Theater, UCLA American Indian Studies Center 2003.


More recently Arkeketa has devoted herself to her work as a documentary producer and has formed the production company Hokte Productions. Hokte means 'woman' in the Muscogee language.[5]

Her first documentary production was about Corpus Christi native visual artist Jimmy Pena, titled Intrinsic Spirit: The Artway of Jimmy Pena (2002, approximately 24 minutes). Pena's work reveals the natural talent he has developed as a successful visual artist and muralist.

Her next work was Muh-Du Kee: Put Them Back, a documentary that follows Comanche Nation NAGPRA coordinator, Jimmy Arterberry, through the consultation process with Colorado state and federal institutions to repatriate the remains of his people. This documentary expresses the views of graves protection/repatriation advocate Arterberry with biting opinions regarding the NAGPRA process, archaeologists, policies, and solutions to one of the most controversial human rights issues Native Americans face today (2004, approximately 1 hour).

Pahdopony: See how deep the water is is about the life of Comanche artist, educator and activist Juanita Pahdopony (2005, 21 minutes).[6]

Chief George (2009) examines Rev. George Akeen (Cheyenne/Wichita) and his peacekeeping mission to the middle east.[7][8]

Arkeketa is reported to be co-producing a piece called Being Indian in Oklahoma. She has expressed interesting in finding for a producer for a family feature film screenplay A Good Day to Dance. This a story of dance, family love, and what it takes to win.


  • In 2000, Arkeketa was named Mentor of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.
  • She was awarded the Writer of the Year for Playwriting in 1998 for her play Hokti by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.




  • The Terms of a Sister, self-published.


  • American Indian Thought: Philosophical Essays, Anne Waters (editor), Blackwell Pub.
  • Gatherings, Volume X, A Retrospective of the First Decade, Greg Young-Ing & Florene Belmore (editors), Penticton: Theytus Books
  • Windward Review, edited by Patricia Wimberly, Texas A & M University, 1998.
  • Gatherings, Volume VIII: Shaking the Belly, Releasing the Sacred Clown, Edited by Joyce B. Joe and Susan M. Beaver, Penticton: Theytus Books
  • The Indian Summer issue of phati'tude Literary Magazine
  • Gatherings, Volume VII, Standing Ground: Strength and Solidarity Amidst Dissolving Boundaries, co-edited by Kateri Akiwenzie Damm and Jeannette Armstrong, Penticton: Theytus Books
  • Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First North American Native Writers' Festival, Sun Tracks Books, No 29), University of Arizona Press.
  • Indian Market Magazine, Santa Fe, NM, 1994.
  • Durable Breath: Contemporary Native American Poetry, John E. Smelcer, D. L. Birchfield (editors), Salmon Run Pub.
  • Plains Native American Literature, Simon and Schuster, 1993.
  • That's What She Said: Contemporary Poetry and Fiction by Native American Women, Rayna Green (editor), Indiana University Press.
  • Oklahoma Indian Markings, edited by Francine Ringold, Nimrod, Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, 1989.

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  1. ^ Ozieblo, Barbara; Narbona-Carrión, María Dolores (2006). Codifying the national self : spectators, actors and the American dramatic text. Bruxelles: PIE Lang. pp. 179–181. ISBN 978-9052010281. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  2. ^ Maufort, Marc (2010). Labyrinth of hybridities : avatars of O'Neillian realism in multi-ethnic American drama (1972-2003). New York: P.I.E. Peter Lang. pp. 165–175. ISBN 978-9052010335. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Voices and Visions Symposium: Native American Women Look Forward" (PDF). Oklahoma State University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Ghost Dance". City of Lawton. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Symposium Examines Imagine of Native Americans in Film". Oklahoma State University. September 20, 2007. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  6. ^ "2006 Artists and Filmmakers" (PDF). City of Lawton Oklahoma. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Annette Arkeketa" (PDF). Comanche Nation College. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Lasting Peace by a United People". American Clergy Leadership Conference. 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.