Cultural Video Series

Storytelling, songs, and tribal culture

This week's cultural video

Indian Education is continuing to share a series of short cultural videos for our students and families. This week, Karen Onco continues with Kiowa's traditional clothing.

More about Karen Onco, Kiowa

Karen Onco continues her strong connection to community and traditional culture as an active member in the Norman Native American community and the Kiowa Tribe. Her commitment as an educator, parent, and elder has been recognized in professional organizations such as the Oklahoma Council on Indian Education (OCIE) and the National Indian Education Association (NIEA). We appreciate her leadership, service, and advocacy on behalf of all students.

As you are watching this video, answer the following questions:

  1. Describe the clothing of the men that were shared in the video.
  2. Why is the eagle important to the Kiowa? Identify the various parts of the eagle that were mentioned.
  3. What is one current issue that is shared with the Kiowa war bonnet and stereotypes?
Kiowa Male Clothing and Culture - Part III

As you are watching this video, answer the following questions:

  1. Describe the Kiowa buckskin dress including materials it is made from and the designs.
  2. How can beadwork styles be differentiated between artists?
  3. Why is the Kiowa oak leaf used as a design?
Kiowa Female Clothing and Culture - Part IV

Optional Extension Activity - Kiowa Tribal Seal

A tribal seal is an official symbol used by a tribe to show who they are and what is important to them. The tribal seal can represent the tribe's culture, history, and goals for the future.

The Kiowa seal shows a Kiowa Warrior of the Plains, as well as symbolism of the Kiowa Warrior societies, traditions, homelands, and ceremonies. It was created by the late Roland Whitehorse.


1. One piece of blank white paper or a printer to print the design.

2. Crayons, colored pencils, or markers


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If you missed last weeks part one of the Kiowa Cultural Video Series, here is the link to view it: