Saturday, July 2, 2016

‘Red Earth’-- a pigment that reflects who we are as Native People (Red Earth Festival) by Patricia Smith- Freelance Writer Cheyenne Arapaho Tribal ibune

My story on the Red Earth Festival that I freelanced is in the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribal Tribune July 1st edition of the paper....(page 2 & 7)
(Page 7)
Hope you enjoy the read ---

‘Red Earth’ --- a pigment that reflects who we are as Native People 

Gordon Yellowman, a chief, educator and peacemaker with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes once shared the meaning of ‘Red Earth’.  “The red earth carries special meaning for the Cheyenne and Arapaho and other American Indian cultures. That pigment is a reflection of who we are, a representation of who we are as native people.  It’s our blood. The red earth takes care of us and protects our identity as native people, but it also secures and reminds us of our wound, where we come from. And we were made from earth, and we shall return to earth.”
Red Earth, Inc. which was started over 35 years ago celebrated its 30th Annual ‘Red Earth Festival’.  This years’ three-day event took place on June 10th – 12th at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. 
Over 25,000 individuals were in attendance at this year’s event.  Artists from throughout the nation participated and featured their artistry in drawings, paintings, jewelry creation and more.  There were dance presentations and musical performances held daily at the event as well.  Educational seminars as well as children art competitions / activities took place.  The Native American culture resonated throughout the Cox Center.  There was something for every one of all ages there to participate in. 
 More pictures can be viewed at the link below:
I had the time of my life....the best experience ever--- it was my first 'Red Earth'....
Patricia Smith
Freelance Writer / Photographer
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune

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