• Immerse yourself in the native traditions and rich culture of Oklahoma's American Indian tribes.

    Photo by: David Fitzgerald

  • An 1896 Cheyenne encampment in El Reno, Oklahoma Territory.

    Photo by: Christopher Stotz (Courtesy of Oklahoma Historical Society)

American Indian Culture

Oklahoma has been home to 67 American Indian tribes. Learn about these native cultures at Oklahoma's museums, heritage centers and events that help celebrate and maintain Oklahoma's unique Native American heritage. Share in the sacred traditions of Oklahoma's American Indian tribes by attending an authentic celebration or powwow. Feel the rhythm of powwow drums, become awed by amazingly detailed native regalia and be swept away by American Indian fancy or jingle-dress dancing.

In Oklahoma, there are many opportunities to immerse yourself in tribal history, songs, art and culture. Attend the Red Earth Festival, held each summer in Oklahoma City, to witness over 100 Indian tribes from across North America compete in a breathtaking, elite dance competition and exhibit works from today's most celebrated Native American artists. Explore the history of the Five Civilized Tribes who were relocated to Indian Territory, or discover the culture of the American Indian tribes whose headquarters are in Oklahoma.

Order our free guide to Oklahoma's Indian Country to discover the top American Indian attractions and learn about the state's tribes. Travel to Oklahoma to experience the richness of American Indian culture firsthand.

 
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