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Native American Festival And Oklahoma Fancy Dancers Coming to MLS Libraries

       Nearly eight percent of all Oklahomans are Native Americans.  Our state has a larger Native American population than any other.

       The Metropolitan Library System celebrates the cultures and heritage of our Native American population with the Native American Festival at the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, on Sunday, October 4 from 1-5pm.  MLS is also presenting a tour by the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers,

Native American powwow champions who come together to form a professional and highly acclaimed dance troupe. All the dancers are enrolled tribal members, most of whom are full-blood, representing various tribes. The award-winning dance regalia worn by each dancer is brilliantly colorful, traditional and representative of the dancer’s tribe and dance performed.  They will present programs at nine libraries between October 4 and 9.

       “The Fancy Dancers will be just part of our Festival at the Downtown Library on October 4,” said librarian Wendy Gabrielson.  “We’ll also have food and crafts, and other entertainment provided by The Oklahoma City Indian Princesses, Bruce Caesar and Steve Littleman.

       In addition to The Fancy Dancers, the program also includes performances from local up and coming country music singer/songwriter Jeremy Johnson, singer and drummer Brent Greenwood, the Oklahoma City Indian Princesses and performances by students from Oklahoma City and

Edmond Public Schools.  Featured art presentations include paintings by Ben Harjo, silverwork by Bruce Caesar, clay art by Anita Fields, traditional ribbon work by Bernadette Huber, Native regalia by Randy Frazier, paintings by Ahtone Harjo, and baskets by Peggy Sanders Brennan. 

Hands-on crafts for kids will include basket weaving, rawhide necklaces, and face painting.  Traditional Native foods prepared by the Changing Winds Cultural Society will also be available.

       “As always with the library, it’s all free and open to the public.  We hope that people of all ages will drop by to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn more about their Native

American neighbors.”

       “I’ve seen the Fancy Dancers,” added MLS Director of Outreach Services Dana Morrow, “and their intricate clothing designs and dances are never less than fascinating.”

The schedule for the Fancy Dancers Tour is:

Downtown Library – Sunday, October 4 at 2pm.

Warr Acres Library – Monday, October 5 at 1pm

Edmond Library – Monday, October 5 at 7pm.

Capitol Hill Library – Tuesday, October 6 at 1pm.

Bethany Library – Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm.

Southern Oaks Library – Wednesday, October 7 at 1pm.

The Village Library – Thursday, October 8 at 1pm.

Belle Isle Library – Thursday, October 8 at 7pm.

Del City Library – Friday, October 9 at 10:30am.

      

       For more information about the Native American Festival, call 231-8650.  If you have questions about the Fancy Dancers Tour, call 606-3833.  For information about any MLS event, check the system website at www.metrolibrary.org.

       The Native American Festival is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Metropolitan Library, Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.