Red Earth Treefest 2016
The Red Earth Art Center will celebrate the Christmas season with a decidedly Native twist this year when Red Earth Treefest opens free to the public for an 11-week run November 1 through January 13, 2017 in downtown Oklahoma City. The second annual Red Earth Treefest features 18 Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments created to highlight the diverse Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique.
Red Earth has invited 16 Native Tribes from throughout Oklahoma to participate in this annual holiday event by creating handmade ornaments made to showcase the distinctive culture of their tribe. Tribal groups participating in the annual event include the Absentee Shawnee, Caddo, Cherokee, Cheyenne & Arapaho, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche, Delaware Nation, Hopi, Kaw, Muscogee (Creek), Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Sac & Fox and Seminole. Each tribe has been hard at work for several months creating handmade ornaments for their trees.
The handmade ornaments created for Treefest will be showcased in holiday displays at the Red Earth Art Center along with descriptions of each ornament featured. Red Earth has plans to invite additional tribes to participate with their own tribal trees in subsequent years.
Two additional trees include the Red Earth docent tree with handmade ornaments including beaded corn, dreamcatchers, mini tipis, drums and parfleche bags; and a tree featuring ornaments created by Oklahoma Native artists that are available for sale.
Red Earth Treefest is presented free to the public 10-5 pm Monday through Friday Nov 1 through Jan 13, 2017, and 10-3 pm Saturday Dec. 3, 10 and 17.
The Red Earth Art Center is located at 6 Santa Fe Plaza next to the historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Visit www.RedEarth.org or call (405) 427-5228 for additional information. Red Earth, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets.