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