Photo courtesy Red Earth, Inc. The dancers at Red Earth are the elite of Native American dancers.

Family Vacations in Oklahoma: Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Every June, more than 100 Native American tribes from North America gather in Oklahoma City for a foot-stomping celebration of their culture, history, and artistic handiwork.

A parade kicks off the festivities and features master drummers, dancers, and tribal princesses resplendent in feather headdresses, buckskins, and beads. One of the highlights of this festival is the Red Earth Dance Competition, which features thousands of participants competing in war dances, victory dances, and more.

In the jingle dance category, women compete wearing buckskin dresses decorated with hundreds of aluminum cone-shape bangles. In the men's fancy dancing competition, Native American braves don the traditional clothing of their people and demonstrate incredibly intricate footwork. There's even a children's dance competition.

Traditional storytelling, music, and crafts are part of the festival as well. The Red Earth Art Market features about 170 Native American artists selling both traditional and contemporary art and handcrafted pieces that include paintings, woven items, and woodcarvings.

Art competitions honor the finest in each category, and prizes are awarded to artists ages nine and older. Food vendors prepare everything from tacos and fry bread to Okie Taters and fried bananas.

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Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival Information

Address: Cox Convention Center at Robinson and Sheridan Ave.,

Oklahoma City, OK

Telephone: 405/427-5228

Hours of Operation: First weekend in Jun.

Admission: $10 adults; $7.50 kids

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