Red Earth Festival

Red Earth Festival

When:2 – 4 Jun 2006 (annual)
Where:Oklahoma City
Opening Hours:8am

The largest Native American gathering in the country brings 100 tribes and bands from all over North America to Oklahoma City for a weekend of music, dancing, arts and celebration.
Established in 1987, the Red Earth Festival has grown to attract almost 2000 Native American artists and dancers. Crowds of up to 100,000 watch the mammoth parade, which sees dancers and tribal dignitaries marching through the streets of downtown Oklahoma City.

After the parade, the biggest highlight is a whole series of dance competitions in a bewildering array of categories (Ladies’ Northern Traditional, Teen Girls’ Jingle etc). Those interested in Native American arts and crafts will also find much to examine here, as 250 artists and artisans display their wares. Art competitions take place in a dozen categories, from painting under glass to hand-thrown pottery.

Oklahoma is home to more Native Americans than any other state and the festival is helping to put the state capital on the map as a centre of native art, with ambitions to rival Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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