We’re assembling a talented team of guests, artists and creators from far and wide to bring you a SkasdiCon you’ll never forget. But we’re just getting started. Check back here soon to make sure you don’t miss any info or announcements about who you’ll see at SkasdiCon!
Jhane Myers is a member of the Comanche and Blackfeet Nations who is recognized for her passion and dedication to film surrounding and preserving the legacies of Native communities. A 2023 Producers Guild of America nominee and two-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Myers has established herself as a vital cultural and community resource for Native-content projects produced by streaming networks and studios. These productions include: “Prey” (20th Century/Disney) “1883” (Paramount); “The Wilds” (Amazon); “Monsters of God” (Plan B/TNT); “Magnificent Seven” (MGM/Columbia Pictures); “Wind River” (Weinstein Co.); “The Lone Ranger” (Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films); and “Apocalypto” (Icon Ent./Touchstone). Myers has also produced several PBS documentaries, as well as films accepted into the Sundance Film Festival, where she was a Producing Fellow in the Indigenous Program of the Sundance Institute in 2017.
She chairs the community-conscious Silver Bullet Productions, whose mission is to empower Native youth through the art of filmmaking. She produced the Emmy-winning documentary “However Wide the Sky: Places of Power” for the company in 2021.
Myers made history in 2007 as the executive director of the American Indian National Center for Television and Film in Los Angeles. The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) formed the Center in Los Angeles with network partners Disney/ABC, CBS, NBC Universal and FOX, to increase the representation and visibility of American Indian talent in all aspects of the entertainment industry.
Not only does Myers help preserve Native culture through the entertainment industry, but she also keeps her Native heritage alive through traditional arts. As part of the Penneducah (sugar eater) and Yappaducah (root eater) bands of the Comanche Nation in Oklahoma, Myers has achieved recognition as a world champion Women’s Southern Buckskin dancer. She is also an accomplished artist specializing in beadwork and silversmithing.
We have a very exciting, talented group of judges for our SkasdiCon cosplay contest. Check out the skilled artists lending their expertise to the competition this year!
Johnnie Diacon is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma (Mvskoke), Thlopthlocco Tribal Town (Raprakko Etvlwa), and he is Deer Clan (Ecovlke). He’s also a noted artist with nearly 40 years of experience, known for his recent graphic novel work, which includes “Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers Volume 1” and “Chilocco Indian School A Generational Story.” Johnnie’s work also appears in the FX series “Reservation Dogs.” He is a graduate of Bacone College in Muskogee, OK and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM.
Art has been a lifelong passion and pursuit for Cherokee Nation citizen and artist Kindra Swafford. Her work draws inspiration from comics, animated films and video games as well as from the art of Robert Henri and Gustav Klimt. Swafford’s art features vivid colors and playful compositions, particularly in watercolor. She honed her craft in Northeastern State University’s art program and is an active member of the Arts Council of Tahlequah, Inkslingers of Tulsa, OVAC, and SEIAA.
As a child, playing dress-up and crafting swords from yardsticks fanned a flame that made Paige Redbird the Cherokee cosplayer and leatherworker she is today. Through her creativity, she melds elements of her Cherokee heritage into her work. Her hope is that her artistry will allow her to continue learning and connecting with her people. By doing so, she believes she can educate the modern Cosplay community about Indigenous representation.
Their Indigenous games and art feature a wide array of styles, forms and themes including Indigenous Pop Art, Pop Culture, Game Design, Sci-fi and Fantasy.
Shelley Patrick Art
James Hostler/The Bobcat
Anita Ashley Mitchell
Mary ᎺᎵ Lupton Art
Jeff & Emilee Edwards
ATCG Books & Comics/Native Realities
Aaron’s Books & Comics
Bead Baby Bead
Julie & Jacob Daugherty
Cherokee Film Demo Booth
Tahlequah Public Library
On behalf of Cultural Tourism and the Northeastern Center for Tribal studies, 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 Ballroom or at any SkasdiCon function on the NSU 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.
The SkasdiCon Information Desk is located in the Second floor Lobby.
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. NSU will 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 1st floor lobby.
At certain times, due to crowds and safety issues, people in oversized costumes may be asked to leave the Ballroom.
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 distribution of any materials—including flyers, stickers, cards, or any promotional item—is allowed in any area inside or outside the NSU Ballroom, except from within a booth in the Ballroom 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 NSU Ballroom or inside the building. By order of the fire marshal, hoverboards are not allowed at SkasdiCon, including all inside or outside areas of the NSU Ballroom, 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 Ballroom. Attendees found on the exhibit floor with these items will be asked to leave these items outside of the Ballroom.