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martes, 5 de junio de 2012

Red Earth Festival

Red Earth Festival is a celebration of Native American Art and Culture. It is held in Oklahoma City from June 8th to 10th. There will be example of beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, graphics and cultural attire during the juried art show and market. Dances are also important trademark on this date. There is a special competition for mothers and daughters

There are about 2,8 million of Native Americans and the majority live in the oriental half of the country, mainly in California, Arizona and Oklahoma. The most numerous tribes are Navajos, Cherokees, Choctaw, Algonquins, Irokies and Sioux. The speak both English and their native language.

Why in Oklahoma? Because OKlahoma is home for more Native American tribes than any other state! Oklahoma is the 46th state and it is found at the same distance from the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean. The name "okla humma" means in Choctaw "red people". Here you are a complete list of them.
And why red? If you have ever read the  Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, written by herself you will learn the dicothomy between the Red, meaning the Indians, and the White meaning the European, where the adjective Bad is connected to the first ones and the Good to the second ones.

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