Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Weekend's Red Earth Activities Mark Third Year of Festival

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Weekend's Red Earth Activities Mark Third Year of Festival

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Red Earth '89, now in its third year, is considered to be one of the largest Native American celebrations. Scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Oklahoma City's Myriad Convention Center and adjoining Myriad Gardens, the Native American Cultural Festival and Dance Competition will offer 150 artisans in juried showings, Indian food booths and more than 1,000 men, women and children in the dance competitions.

The Red Earth '89 Arts Festival is free to the public. A small admission fee will be charged for viewing the dance competitions each afternoon and evening. Hours of Red Earth '89 are 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday. The dance competitions will be ongoing from 1 until 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All competition dancing will end promptly at 9 p.m. and the public is invited to join in the social dancing which will begin at 9 nightly.

In the Myriad Convention Center, the Arts Market will offer authentic Native American fine arts and crafts, including beadwork, basketry, knives, silverwork, sculpture, paintings, graphics and cultural attire. A Native American film and video showcase will feature continuous free screenings. The Fine Arts Festival outdoors by the Myriad will showcase Native American art in traditional and contemporary forms. Special events for children also are planned.

Downtown Oklahoma City will come to a halt at noon Friday when the Grand Parade takes place. The parade, featuring colorful Indian dancers, Indian princesses and other notables, will form east of the Myriad, coming from E. K. Gaylord Blvd. west on Main, north on Broadway, west on Robert S. Kerr and south on Hudson, concluding at the Myriad on Sheridan.

Other special events include an arts preview reception and coronation of Miss Red Earth '89 tonight, a sunrise breakfast symposium, stickball exhibition and world film premier of "The Trial of Standing Bear" on Friday; an 8K and 1 mile fun run, stickball competition, fashion show and luncheon, Red Earth Stakes Race and benefit art auction on Saturday. …

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