This holiday season Oklahoma City’s Red Earth Art Center invites the public to Stay & Play in Oklahoma City during the second Red Earth Treefest. Red Earth will celebrate the Christmas season with a Native twist with Treefest. Red Earth Treefest features 17 Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments created to highlight the diverse Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. Treefest is free to the public during its 11-week run November 1 through January 13, 2017 in downtown Oklahoma City.
For those traveling to Oklahoma City for the holidays, Red Earth is offering a Stay & Play holiday package designed to create special memories with family and friends including discounts on lodging, dining, shopping and tickets to two of Oklahoma City’s most popular annual family holiday stage productions, Oklahoma City Ballet production of The Nutcracker and Lyric Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.
Treefest invited Native Tribes from throughout Oklahoma invited to participate in the annual holiday event by creating handmade ornaments made to highlight their distinctive tribal culture. Oklahoma Native Tribes participating in the annual event include the Absentee Shawnee, Caddo, Cherokee, Cheyenne & Arapaho, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche, Delaware Nation, Kaw, Muscogee (Creek), Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Sac & Fox and Seminole. Each tribal organization has been hard at work for several months creating their handmade ornaments.
Thirty-nine Native tribes are headquartered in Oklahoma, giving the state more tribal headquarters than any other state. Nearly every tribe with headquarters in Oklahoma has homelands in other parts of the country – from the Pacific Northwest to the Florida Everglades. Oklahoma’s Native Tribes have very diverse tribal cultures that are reflected by the ornaments created for the Christmas trees on display at Red Earth. Next to each tree is an expiation of how each ornament on the tribal trees pertains to the unique tribal culture of the tree.
“Last year we presented our first Red Earth Treefest to the city and state – and the public loved it.”Two 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 are available for sale.
“Last year we presented our first Red Earth Treefest to the city and state – and the public loved it. We drew people from all over who included our Treefest on their holiday calendar of events,” said Teri Stanek, president of the non-profit Red Earth board of directors. “We are thrilled to carry on this tradition with the addition of the Stay & Play in OKC holiday package. I know our guests will thoroughly enjoy the Christmas trees featured at Treefest, adorned with beautiful ornaments that represent our tribal cultures so well. This year many of the tribes created additional ornaments that we will offer for sale to the public.”
Red Earth Treefest is presented free to the public from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 3 pm Saturday December 3, 10 and 17. To take advantage of the Red Earth Treefest Stay & Play holiday package including discounts on hotel lodging and tickets to the Oklahoma City Ballet production of The Nutcracker and Lyric Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol visit www.redearth.org for information.