Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival

Our Chair­man, Lanay B. Creech I, attended the 22nd Annual Okla­homa Indian Sum­mer Fes­ti­val in Bartlesville, Okla­homa. Bartlesville is the tribal head­quar­ters for the recently re-recognized Delaware Tribe of Indi­ans whose ances­tors were forced off of the Kansas reser­va­tion in 1867.

Attend­ing the Indian Sum­mer Fes­ti­val with Chair­man Creech were his wife Judy Creech, tribal mem­bers Cris and Gwen Klinger and Gwen’s Sis­ter Brenda. The fes­ti­val was very well orga­nized and at the inter­tribal pow­wow our group had the oppor­tu­nity to visit with var­i­ous tribal mem­bers from the Delawares of Okla­homa, Chero­kee Nation, Pawnee Nation and the Osage Nation. Addi­tion­ally at the event, more than 30 Native Amer­i­can Indian Artists were selected for a juried art com­pe­ti­tion. Sculp­ture, paint­ings, cloth­ing, gourd art, pot­tery, wood sculp­ture, bas­ket weav­ing, sil­ver work, bead work, and leather goods were some of the items avail­able too see and pur­chase. Var­i­ous inter­ac­tive tra­di­tional craft mak­ing and cul­tural demon­stra­tions show­cas­ing these artis­tic tal­ents were held both days. Another high­light of the event was a 50 mem­ber Chero­kee Nation Children’s Choir that sang songs in Chero­kee. We were blessed with some beau­ti­ful fall like weather for the fes­ti­val which helped bring out a tremen­dous turnout for the event.

The Color Guard Unit for the Grand Entry each evening of the event was the Lenape Color Guard from the Delaware Tribe of Indi­ans.
We thought it was very gra­cious and an honor that the Lenape Color Guard took time after the grand entry to pose with our Chair­man, Lanay Creech. The Lenape Color Guard brings much Lenape honor and tra­di­tion to the Grand Entry of each event that they attend.

The Lenape Color Guard are pic­tured below pos­ing with Chair­man Creech, and are (from left to right) Kenny Brown, David Inda, Homer Scott Jr. and John W. Sumpter.

Lenape Color Guard Unit

Lenape Color Guard Unit

Lenape Color Guard Unit & Chairman Creech

Lenape Color Guard Unit & Chair­man Creech

There are more inter­est­ing pho­tos at the Okla­homa Indian Sum­mer Fes­ti­val web­site. http://www.okindiansummer.org/?page=photos

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