December 04, 2010

Oklahoma Indian Country Guide

New guide features Oklahoma's American Indian attractions

The new Oklahoma Indian Country Guide is a great tool for assisting travelers in planning trips to Oklahoma's 90-plus tribal museums, historic sites, art galleries and more.

By Lindsay Vidrine
American Indian experiences are some of the most sought-after by travelers coming to and through Oklahoma. To meet this demand, the state Tourism and Recreation Department recently unveiled a new specialty brochure called the Oklahoma Indian Country Guide.

“Oklahoma is a state comprised of many nations, languages and cultures. The Oklahoma Indian Country Guide is our way of lifting up these important stories and sites which add richness to the fabric of our state,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director of the state Tourism and Recreation Department.

This new guide is free and will assist travelers in planning trips to Oklahoma's 90-plus tribal museums, historic sites, art galleries and more, including a casino guide. Visitors can learn about the state's distinct culture and history through profiles detailing the 39 tribal nations of Oklahoma, more than any other state. The guide also features breathtaking artwork, historic photography, maps and major events and festivals.

“This brochure captures the beauty and diversity of Oklahoma's American Indian heritage, and we hope it will make it easier for travelers to experience these unique cultures and attractions firsthand,” Watkins said.

With new attractions opening recently such as the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur and Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in Tahlequah, plus mainstays such as the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Cherokee Heritage Center and Standing Bear Park, Museum and Education Center, Oklahoma's museums and historic sites are world-class facilities that tell stories of the past while weaving in the modern-day culture of the people they represent.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Cherokees Plan John Ross Museum and Cherokee Nation Wins Rosebud Awards.

1 comment:

Burt said...

Oh sure Oklahoma needs to bank on Indians. Thats why, of those 30 tribes with "distinct culture" and "history", we will only list the richest tribes that fatten the states purse for non-Indian politicians to embezzle while maintaining a high incarceration rate and prison rate, more than any other state, yet there is no major news outlets, television or radio communications for these unimportant people.

We just want them to wear feathers, sing and dance for the tourists like the good little pets they are, to hell with their water rights, royalty payments for oil and gas leases and as long as we keep them poor, in debt, locked up and disenfranchised, what do we care about them since all Indians in America get casino checks every month?