Title: Artist, Claims Consultant (Retired)
Company: The Silver Quail
Location: Dewey, Oklahoma, United States
Joy Gover White, Retired Claims Consultant and Artist at The Silver Quail, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Ms. White was born into the Pawnee Nation and has a rich American Indian heritage. Her father exposed her to beautiful beadwork through his role as a missionary to the Cheyenne tribe, as many of them wore all kinds of beautiful beads. Upon seeing this, Ms. White knew she wanted to learn how to bead. She was later taught by two older Cheyenne women. She learned how to make moccasins, flatwork, and peyote stitch. She only learned how to bead on a loom later in life, which is one of the simplest forms of beading. For as long as she can remember, Ms. White has seen design everywhere, whether it be in nature, television, or even other people. She can always find designs and create art.
Ms. White has explored other career paths alongside her beading work. In 1986, she began working as the insurance filing clerk at Jane Phillips Medical Center. She stayed there for 20 years until she retired in 2003. However, Ms. White never retired from beading. She has been beading at The Silver Quail in Dewey, Oklahoma, since 1972. In those years, her work has been abundantly honored. Almost all of her pieces have placed in art shows, such as “Deer Skull,” which won 2nd place in 2008, and “Morning Star Cut Glass Set,” which won 1st place in 2007. The highlight of her career was being nationally recognized in 2006 at the National Pow-Wow in Washington, D.C. There, she was one of 50 featured artists in her county, which was tremendously gratifying. Ms. White relishes in the opportunity to teach beading to young students. She believes it is her duty as an honored elder in her community. Her goal is to teach at least one individual per year, which she has accomplished consistently. Ms. White is additionally a member of the American Women in Arts and the Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club. In recognition of her accomplishments, she has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women, as well as the 21st edition of Who’s Who in the World and the 58th edition of Who’s Who in America. She has additionally been honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
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