Oklahoma City's 22nd Red Earth Festival Celebrates Native American Art and Dance

Posted on 03/28/2008

When the 22nd Annual Red Earth Native American Cultural opens at the Cox Convention Center Friday June 6, 2008 in downtown Oklahoma City, OK, nearly 2,000 American Indian artists and dancers 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.

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.  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 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.

The Red Earth Art Market opens Friday, June 6 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 Red Earth Run, a 5k run and 2 mile fun walk, scheduled at 8 am Saturday June 7 on Regatta Park River Trails along the Oklahoma River in downtown Oklahoma City, is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.