Coming to Trickster in August – 3rd week of October
My name is Oneka M. Jones. I am an enrolled Citizen of the Temoak Tribe of Western Shoshone, and a descendant of the Northern Paiute. I grew up on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation of the Western Shoshone and Northern Paiute peoples, on the Northern Nevada/Southern Idaho border. I was raised by my parents, with my sister and two brothers. Our childhood was beautiful; filled with love, laughter, hunting, fishing, and everything associated with the outdoors. We have a very large family there, I am grateful to have had a close relationship with my paternal Grandmother, and to this day, aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins.
We moved 100 miles south to Elko, Nevada when I was 12, where our lives still revolved around love, family and the outdoors. My family background, is one of great artistic ability. I’m grateful I inherited it, as I am self-taught. Both of my parents have always encouraged us to be creative, whenever we had the chance. I have always had passion for Western Shoshone art, ranging from my own jewelry making to fashion design.
I am a passionate woman, and painting gives me an outlet to express that. As I have the privilege to paint, I am thrilled to be able to represent my own, The Western Shoshone and Northern Paiute people.“My passion for vivid and color rich painting is the way I give my Western Shoshone ancestors a voice, share my culture with the world, and to bring the outside, in.” –Oneka Jones