OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. – The Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, recognized as one of the largest performing arts event of its type, is the 2009 recipient of the “Outstanding Cultural Tourism” award presented by Frontier Country Marketing Association, a non-profit membership-based organization that promotes tourism in central Oklahoma. The Red Earth Festival was recognized during the annual meeting of the membership-based Frontier Country Marketing Association. Award recipients were voted on by Frontier Country members in an effort to acknowledge outstanding tourist attractions, exhibitions, events and businesses. “We feel very privileged to be recognized by our peers in Oklahoma’s tourism industry,” said Jonna D. Kauger Kirschner, president of the Red Earth Board of Directors. “To be recognized as the Outstanding Cultural Tourism event among so many deserving events in Oklahoma is quite an honor.”
During its 23-year history the Red Earth Festival 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 country. 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 features some of the most talented Native American dancers in the country in a competition of dance skills. The dance participants, each in their own distinctive tribal dress, exhibit their originality and skills in one of the most prestigious of all native dance competitions.
The Red Earth Festival is one of several events produced by Red Earth, Inc - a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets.