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January 5, 2014

Native American inter-tribal dances foster energetic competition, camaraderie and cultural rejuvenation

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Powwows —

Redcorn became executive director of the first Red Earth American Indian Cultural Festival in 1987.

“The Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce’s head of marketing said they wanted to support us, but they’d never seen a powwow,” she said with a chuckle. “They didn’t really know what to expect because no floats were being built for the parade.”

Redcorn pulled together a mini-powwow at the fairgrounds to educate the chamber. Red Earth went on to become a mega powwow, attracting tribal members from across North America and visitors from around the globe.

“Things have changed a lot since those first ones I went to as a little girl,” Redcorn said. “Now one of my favorites is the OU powwow sponsored by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society because I get to see people I knew when I was young.”

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