Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Lawmakers, Visitors Treated to Sampling of Red Earth Events

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Lawmakers, Visitors Treated to Sampling of Red Earth Events

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State legislators were treated to a taste of Native American culture Wednesday as volunteers for the annual Red Earth Cultural Festival offered samples of the events in store June 7-9.

Considered the largest gathering of Native Americans on this continent, the three-day festival at the Myriad Convention Center features dance and art competitions, children's activities, an art auction, Sunrise Symposia, video and film workshops, storytelling and a variety of demonstrations.

A highlight of the Red Earth '91 celebration will be the appearance of the Porcupine Singers who provided the traditional music for the Academy Award-winning motion picture, "Dances With Wolves." During the past 30 years of traveling throughout the United States and Canada, the Minnesotabased drum group has dedicated itself to the Lakota style of singing as well as to the traditional customs and beliefs of the Lakota people.

The traditional spirit of the dance and the echo of drums at the State Capitol drew legislators and visitors alike to the fourth floor rotunda where R.G. Harris Jr., of the Sac and Fox-Ponca tribe, performed one of his native dances. An internationally known dance competitor, he is the model for the 1991 poster promoting the Red Earth Festival.

The dance competitions will offer $50,000 in prize money in the various categories for men and women dancers. The dance competitions will be in the Myriad Arena from 1 until 6 p.m. June 7 and 8. On Sunday, June 9, finals will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the Dance of Champions and award presentation that evening. General admission to the competition is $5 in advance and $6 at the door with children under 12 admitted free. …

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