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Oklahoma City's Red Earth Festival brings tribes together

The Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, an annual event that began in 1987, is a showcase of American Indian dance and art. Held in early June, the popular Oklahoma City event spotlights more than 1,200 American Indian artists and dancers from North America.
rrogers@opubco.com Published: August 22, 2010
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The Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, an annual event that began in 1987, is a showcase of American Indian dance and art. Held in early June, the popular event spotlights more than 1,200 American Indian artists and dancers from North America.


The three-day festival, held at the Cox Convention Center, celebrates the richness and diversity of American Indian art and culture. The festival has become one of the most respected visual and performing arts events of its type and has set the standard for many Indian art shows across the country.

Displayed are traditional and contemporary examples of beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, graphics and cultural attire. Artists compete for top prizes in a juried exhibition. Many of the works are available for purchase.

Red Earth's dance competition features dancers from numerous Northern and Southern tribes. Wearing distinctive tribal dress, the performers demonstrate skill and originality in this prestigious native dance competition.

Opening the Red Earth Festival is a grand parade that brings together representatives of more than 100 tribes. Costumed in full tribal regalia, the participants march through downtown Oklahoma City. The 2011 festival dates are June 3-5.

For more information, call 427-5228 or go to www.redearth.org.


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