Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Red Earth Welcomes over 150 Tribes

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Red Earth Welcomes over 150 Tribes

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Seventy-six trombones may not be leading the parade on Friday but lots of drums and flutes will be providing musical accompaniment as the annual Red Earth Festival begins downtown.

The colorful parade, featuring area marching bands and some 1,500 Native Americans in full tribal regalia, starts at 10 a.m. Friday at E.K. Gaylord and Reno, goes north to Main Street, west to Broadway, north to Robert S. Kerr, west to Robinson, south to Sheridan and west to its conclusion at Hudson.

Red Earth, a major Native American cultural festival, will welcome more than 150 tribes at the Myriad Convention Center for three days of art exhibitions, dance competitions, children's activities, film and television documentaries and more. Works of America's top 300 Native American artists will be on view and for sale in a juried exhibition.

Included are traditional and contemporary paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, drawings, cultural items and attire.

The art market will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Each of those days at noon a grand entry to the Myriad Arena will precede the dance competitions, which are scheduled from 2 until 5 p.m., extending to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. until midnight, intertribal dancing will be featured.

More than 1,000 dancers will participate in the various styles of dances, including the War Dance, Fancy Dance and Grass Dance.

Among the other activities planned during the three-day festival are art demonstrations, craft workshops, food booths, sports demonstrations and a film and video workshop. Of special interest in this workshop and screening area on Saturday will be "Images of Native Americans in Hollywood Films," a discussion, presentations and video clips by Dr. Geary Hobson, University of Oklahoma Department of English and Native American Studies, and Cinda Hughes, Native American film critic and radio show hostess. …

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