Aiukli, Choctaw, noun, Translation: Beauty. These artists wanted to create something beautiful, meaningful, and long-lasting. When they were offered the this chance and given carte blanch to create a mural, their first thought was just to create something positive and uplifting that would be symbolic of all that is beautiful in Oklahoma. Finding a vision with all those qualities was not an easy task, but the answer came in the form of a 13-year old Choctaw girl named Bella Aiukli. As an active member of her tribe, she embodies many of the qualities that they wanted to convey in their piece. She’s connected to her roots in Oklahoma, but also a positive role-model to her peers and esteemed by everyone who knows her. They decided that she would represent Oklahoma as an entity. Her Choctaw heritage firmly rooted in the land, and her hopeful future as a native of this state. In addition to Bella as the central element, they decided to pull subjects from nature. In the mural you’ll find the buffalo, butterfly wings, catfish, scissor-tail feathers, bees, roses, and other natural elements. These elements are woven into Bella’s hair and head piece. They were careful to not appropriate any Native symbols that could be perceived as disrespectful, and created a modern & stylized look that is a departure from typical art with Oklahoma themed subject matter.