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By Oklahoma Tourism Staff
American Indian experiences are some of the most sought-after by travelers coming to and through Oklahoma. To meet this demand, the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department recently unveiled a new specialty brochure called the Oklahoma Indian Country Guide. “Oklahoma is a state comprised of many nations, languages and cultures. The Oklahoma Indian Country Guide is our way of lifting up these important stories and sites which add richness to the fabric of our state,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. This new guide is free of charge and will assist travelers in planning trips to Oklahoma’s 90+ tribal museums, historic sites, art galleries and more, including a casino guide. Visitors can learn about the state’s distinct culture and history through profiles detailing the 39 tribal nations of Oklahoma, more than any other state. The guide also features breathtaking artwork, historic photography, maps, and major events and festivals. “This brochure captures the beauty and diversity of Oklahoma’s American Indian heritage and we hope it will make it easier for travelers to experience these unique cultures and attractions first-hand,” said Watkins. With recent new attractions opening such as the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur and Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in Tahlequah, plus main-stays such as the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Cherokee Heritage Center and Standing Bear Park, Museum and Education Center, Oklahoma’s museums and historic sites are world-class facilities that tell stories of the past while weaving in modern-day culture of the people they represent. Oklahoma is also brimming with native artisans who work in an array of mediums. From beadwork to painting to jewelry making, many travelers are looking for galleries, gift shops and museums where they can shop for crafts infused with native perspectives and traditional techniques. The new Oklahoma Indian Country Guide is a great place to start when looking to shop for native wares. As you would expect, the brochure required significant research and collaboration with groups such as the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, the Oklahoma Indian Tourism Association, and the 39 tribal nations of Oklahoma. Artist Brent Greenwood, a member of the Ponca Nation and also part Chickasaw, created the cover artwork which inspired the guide’s design in addition to 20 other artists who also gave permission to use their beautiful works in the brochure. The Oklahoma Indian Country Guide is free and can be ordered online at www.TravelOK.com or by calling an Oklahoma Travel Counselor at 1-800-652-6552. The guides are also being distributed through the 12 Tourism Information Centers statewide.