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Oklahoma Indian Summer
By Tourism Industry Partner
September 15-18, 2011
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Oklahoma Indian Summer will celebrate its 24th festival September 15-17, 2011 at the Bartlesville Community Center at the corner of Adams and Cherokee in downtown Bartlesville, OK. The festival executive committee invites everyone to join them for this family-friendly American Indian cultural exchange.
Well-known American Indian and Western artists with a variety of styles compete for the top prize in the art show and sale and younger artists compete in a youth art competition. Visitors can also find youth and adult powwows with competitive and non-competitive dancing, demonstrations, horse painting, storytelling, as well as craft and food vendors on site.
The fine arts market is open Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday. Nationally recognized artists display and sell traditional and contemporary artwork which includes sculpture, painting, gourd art, pottery, leather and more. A juried art competition held prior to the festival will award $1,000 to best of show.
This year for the first time the Oklahoma Indian Summer will also add a category for Western art.
Festival Coordinator, Jenifer Pechonick said she is really looking forward to the addition of Western art to the festival. "We had many requests to expand the art show to Western art. I think the Board's decision to expand the art show is exciting. We are also able to continue Green Country's Got Talent this year, which was a new addition last year. We are already preparing for next year's 25th anniversary of the festival." Pechonick says it is hard to believe the number of man hours it takes to put on the festival. "We couldn't do a festival of such magnitude without so many dedicated volunteers."
Talent show finals will be held on Thursday night.
The annual youth art exhibit with Native American theme also will be on display for grades 4-12. Green Country area students in grades 9-12 will compete for a $1000 best of show “Lewis B. Ketchum Scholarship” for the school of their choice.
The powwows Friday night and Saturday afternoon and night offer a variety of special interest dances such as the gourd dance, intertribal dances and contests including traditional and fancy dances and the colorful fancy shawl dance; a guide to the dances and schedule is available at the information booth in the Community Center.
A variety of American Indian cultural demonstrations including storytelling are scheduled inside the Community Center all weekend. A schedule is located on the website and at the Community Center during the festival.
For more information or to volunteer please contact Festival Coordinator Jenifer Pechonick at 918-331-0934. Artist, vendor or concessionaire information is also available upon request. A complete schedule of events is available at www.okindiansummer.org.