The Silver Anniversary Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival takes place June 3-5 in downtown Oklahoma City. This is a huge celebration of art and dance that opens with a spectacular parade and gathers tribes from all over North America.
The Red Earth Festival parade kicks off the event at 10 a.m. Friday at the Cox Convention Center. Members of 100 tribes from the United States and Canada take part in full regalia.
Juried works for show and sale are highlighted at the Red Earth Art Market that opens Friday at 11 a.m. in the Convention Center Arena and continues during the three-day festival.
The first Grand Entry of Dancers is scheduled for noon Friday inside the Arena prior to the start of dance competition. Grand entries are also set for noon and 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon on Sunday.
The Red Earth Run, a 5k & 10k run open to all ages and abilities, is at 8 a.m. Saturday on Regatta Park River Trails downtown.
Award-winning artist Ruthe Blalock Jones (Chu-Lun-Dit) (Delaware, Shawnee, Peoria), from Muskogee, OK was chosen the 2011 Red Earth Honored One.
Tickets to attend the Red Earth Festival are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and youth and free for children under five. Three day passes and group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased at online at Ticketmaster. Active U.S. Military and U.S. Military veterans receive an admission discount with a valid Military I.D.
A complete schedule of events is listed on their web site.
For more information contact Red Earth, Inc at (405) 427-5228 or visit www.redearth.org.
I’ll be reporting on the Red Earth Festival, complete with photos, once the event is over. For those going, enjoy, it’s truly a one-in-a-kind event!