Award-Winning Red Earth Festival Celebrates Native American Art and Dance

Posted by Eric Oesch on 05/16/2013

When the 27th Annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival opens at the Cox Convention Center Friday June 7, 2013 in downtown Oklahoma City, OK, more than 1200 American Indian artists, dancers and singers from throughout North America will gather to celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage with the world.  For three exciting days Oklahoma City will be at the center of Native American art and culture in America as more than 30,000 people gather to celebrate.

            Through the years Red Earth has matured into one of the most respected visual and performing arts event of its type – setting the standard for many of today’s Indian art shows held throughout the nation.  USA TODAY has named the Red Earth Festival one of 10 Great Place to Celebrate American Indian Culture.  The Festival has been named Oklahoma’s Outstanding Event by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department, a Top 100 Event in North America by the American Bus Association, and Central Oklahoma’s Outstanding Cultural Tourism Event by Frontier Country Marketing Association.

            At Red Earth, guests can sample the work of some of the nation’s most celebrated artists, with opportunities to purchase contemporary and traditional examples of beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, graphics and cultural attire during the juried art show and market.  The dance competition at Red Earth is one of the rare occasions when dancers from America’s Northern and Southern tribes can be seen together in one venue. 

            Red Earth dancers and singers represent the elite of Native American dance, some of the most gifted and accomplished in the world.  The masters, each in their own distinctive tribal dress, exhibit their originality and skills in one of the most prestigious of all native dance competitions.

            A grand parade, unlike any other parade in the world, opens the Red Earth Festival on Friday morning.  The streets of downtown Oklahoma City will vibrate in Native American tribal spirit as representatives of more than 100 tribes, in full tribal regalia, make the Red Earth Parade one of America’s most unique. 

            The Red Earth Art Market opens Friday, June 7 at 11 am and the first Grand Entry of dance competitors begins at noon inside the Cox Convention Center Arena.  Grand Entries are scheduled at noon and 7 pm Friday and Saturday, and at noon on Sunday.  The event is funded in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

            Tickets to attend the Red Earth Festival are $10 adults, and $7.50 seniors, youth, and Military Veterans with a valid ID.  Children 5 & under are free. Group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or in person at the Cox Convention Center box Office. For additional information contact Red Earth, Inc at (405) 427-5228 or visit www.redearth.org.  Red Earth is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.

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