SkasdiCon ’24: Suit up

Welcome to SkasdiCon, a showcase of Indigenous influence on pop culture.

While there’s no word quite like “Skasdi” in English, it conveys pride, impressiveness, awesomeness, fierceness and feistiness. One Cherokee word can describe so many of the comic book, movie and video game characters, created by artists and celebrated by cosplayers, that you can find at comic conventions. From this, SkasdiCon was born!

Here, guests can attend Indigenous panel discussions, view exclusive screenings, meet Indigenous creators, and enjoy the family-friendly cosplay competition.

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The Chota Conference Center at Cherokee Casino Tahlequah will host SkasdiCon Vol. III on November 9!

3307 Seven Clans Ave., Tahlequah, OK 74464

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Your support, your talent and your ideas make SkasdiCon a smash hit! Find out how to suggest a panel, set up a vendor booth or sponsor SkasdiCon below.

ARTISTS & SPECIAL GUESTS

Amazing special guests and creators made SkasdiCon ’23 a convention to remember. Stay tuned to find out who’s coming to SkasdiCon ‘24.

Schedule of Events

Check in for event info to help plan your day and level up your SkasdiCon experience! Complete details are coming soon.

Cosplay at SkasdiCOn

Show your flair for fashion and your love for Indigenous heritage, pop culture, sci-fi and fantasy! Join in the fun of our family-friendly cosplay competition, featuring celebrity judges and several categories with cash prizes. Check out past event winners and start planning your cosplay outfit!

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Questions? Comments?

Reach out to us anytime with this form or email Callie.Chunestudy@cn-bus.com.

COSPLAY COMPETITION RULES

  • You must be Native American to enter the Cosplay Competition.
    • Citizenship cards will need to be provided to enter the competition.
  • Family Friendly (No Pocahotties).
  • No illusion of nudity.
  • No recording of copywritten materials unless noted otherwise.
  • No cultural appropriation costumes.

 

Costume Props Policy
No functional props or weapons are allowed at SkasdiCon. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by the registration desk and compliance with the following:

All costume props and weapons must be inspected at the registration desk.

Registration desk will be located in the front hall of the Chota Center.

  • All costume props and weapons must conform to state and federal law.
  • Projectile costume props and weapons must be rendered inoperable.
  • Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip-tied to a quiver.
  • Costume swords must be tied to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn.
  • Costumes featuring stilts must be approved at the reception desk.
  • All props will be checked at registration desk located in the 1st floor lobby.
 

At certain times, due to crowds and safety issues, people in oversized costumes may be asked to leave the Chota Center.

After your costume props have been checked, they will be tagged by registration, and you will be given a wristband to wear to designate that your props have been checked.

Event Staff will escort you to the registration desk for inspection if your costume prop is not tagged.

All costume props and weapons must be inspected at the registration desk located on the 1st floor lobby.

If you do not want to have your costume props inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please do not bring your costume weapons to SkasdiCon.

*******As a common courtesy to our cosplayers, please ask consent before touching or taking a picture. It’s good manners.

 

SKASDICON POLICIES

On behalf of Cultural Tourism, we are very excited to be able to gather in person once again. For all that to happen, SkasdiCon has a few policies we must all follow that are necessary for the safety and comfort of everyone. We appreciate your cooperation in helping to make SkasdiCon a place that everyone can enjoy.

Airspace (Balloons, Drones, etc.)
No devices may be flown or tethered within the confines of the Chota Center or at any SkasdiCon function on the Cherokee Casino property. This includes drones, helium balloons and helium-filled products, or any lighter-than-air objects either powered or unpowered.

Code of Conduct
Attendees must respect and observe commonsense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for one another and private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. SkasdiCon reserves the right to revoke any individual’s access to the event. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate the nearest member of security or staff member so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner.

Media Release
Entry into this event constitutes consent for Cherokee Nation Cultural and Economic Development, LLC. to use any film, photographs, video or reproduction of the images and/or voice bearer for any purpose whatsoever.

The SkasdiCon Information Desk is located in the front hall of the Chota Center.
During show hours you can always find a SkasdiCon staff member or security guard at the Information Desks. Please stop by there if you have any questions or concerns.

No Pets Allowed
If you have pets, including iguanas, parrots, boa constrictors, or other nonhuman critters, please leave them at home. The Chota Center does not allow animals into the building except for service animals.

Costume Props Policy
No functional props or weapons are allowed at SkasdiCon. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following:

All costume props and weapons must be inspected at the Cosplay Registration Desk located in the front hall of the Chota Center.

  • All costume props and weapons must conform to state and federal law.
  • Projectile costume props and weapons must be rendered inoperable.
  • Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip-tied to a quiver.
  • Costume swords must be tied to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn.
  • Costumes featuring stilts must be approved at the Registration desk.
  • All Props will be checked at Cosplay Registration Desk located in the second-floor lobby.

At certain times, due to crowds and safety issues, people in oversized costumes may be asked to leave the Chota Center.

After your costume props have been checked, they will be tagged by security, and you will be given a wristband to wear to designate that your props have been checked.

Security will escort you to the Registration Desk for inspection if your costume prop is not tagged.

If you do not want to have your costume props/weapons inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please do not bring your costume props/weapons to SkasdiCon.

No Handouts
No distribution of any materials—including flyers, stickers, cards, or any promotional item—is allowed in any area inside or outside the Chota Center, except from within a booth at SkasdiCon or when preapproved for placement on the Freebie Tables.

No Bicycles, Scooters, Segways, or Hoverboards at SkasdiCon
Scooters, bicycles, and Segways are not allowed in the Chota Center or inside the building. By order of the fire marshal, hoverboards are not allowed at SkasdiCon, including all inside or outside areas of the Chota Center, and additional venues featuring SkasdiCon events.

No Handcarts, Trolleys, Rolling Luggage, or Oversized Strollers in the Ball Room
Please be aware that, for safety reasons, no handcarts, trolleys, rolling luggage, or oversized strollers are allowed in the Chota Center. Attendees found on the exhibit floor with these items will be asked to leave these items outside of the Chota Center.