NOVEMBER 1 – JANUARY 5
RED EARTH ART CENTER, 6 SANTA FE PLAZA
The Red Earth Art Center will celebrate the Christmas season with a decidedly Native twist this year when Treefest opens free to the public for an eight-week run November 13 through January 5, 2018 in downtown Oklahoma City. Red Earth Treefest features 20 Native Tribes from throughout Oklahoma invited to participate in the annual holiday event by creating handmade ornaments and art objects made to highlight their distinctive tribal culture. The exhibition highlights the diverse Native cultures that make Oklahoma Unique.
Handcrafted ornaments on the Christmas trees are as diverse as the tribes of Oklahoma. Birch bark canoes adorn the Citizen Potawatomi purple clad tree synonymous with their Great Lakes culture; while intricately painted ponies are featured on the Comanche tree to celebrate their legacy as the “Lords of the Plains.” Oklahoma Native Tribes participating in the 2017 Treefest include the Absentee Shawnee, Caddo, Cherokee, Cheyenne & Arapaho, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche, Delaware, Kaw, Muscogee (Creek), Osage, Sac & Fox, Seminole, Kiowa, Otoe Missouria, and Pawnee. Each tribal organization has been hard at work for several months creating their handmade ornaments with exhibit copy explaining how each ornament tells their cultural story. Additional trees include the Red Earth docent tree with hundreds of handmade ornaments including beaded corn, dreamcatchers, mini tipis, drums and parfleche bags; and a tree featuring ornaments created by Oklahoma Native artists available for sale.
Red Earth Treefest is presented free to the public 10am-5pm Monday through Friday Nov. 13 through Jan.5, 2018. A special Open House is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10-3 pm with hot wassail, holiday treats and Christmas shopping.
Dates & Hours of Operation
November 1 – January 5
Monday – Friday 10am-5pm
Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 9, 10am-3pm
For more information visit, www.redearth.org or call 405-427-5228.