June is Oklahoma Folkways Month!

From OHC Extra!:

June, 2010 is Oklahoma Folklife Month
 
On May 7, 2010, Governor Brad Henry proclaimed June as Folklife Month for the Sooner State. This recognition is to encourage Oklahomans to take family trips to local festivals featuring Oklahoma’s folklife heritage. The mission of the Oklahoma Folklife Center is to collect and preserving folklife and traditions of Oklahoma. In addition, the Center encourages communities and organizations to host folklife events and to preserve artifacts representing Oklahoma’s cultural diversity.  Partners for this year’s festival include:
 
Oklahoma Celtic Festival, June, 20 & 21 in Stillwater. Enjoy bagpipes, kilts, dogs, horses, and lots of singers.
 
American Heritage Music Festival, June 10-12 in Grove. Old-time fiddling and clogging contests. http://www.grandlakefestivals.com/contact.htm
 
Juneteenth, June 17 in Tulsa. Celebrate a unique African-American holiday with gospel, R & B, jazz and more.
 
Red Earth, June 18-20 in OKC.  Salute American Indian cultures from all over the continent as they display art, sing, drum, dance, and wear traditional outfits. It is Oklahoma’s special homecoming.
Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival, June 4 & 5 in Seminole. Hear funny, scary and wise stories from all over the Sooner State. 
 
Jazz in June, June 24-26 in Norman. Hear jazz and blues performers recall the past, present and future under the stars in Norman.
 
Oklahoma Folklife Festival, June 19, 2010 in OKC. Celebrate the cultural heritage of Oklahoma with dance, music and crafts at a free festival.
 
To learn more about Oklahoma folklife visit it online.  For the best in family fun learn about Oklahoma’s rich heritage in folklife. Hear many kinds of traditional music, see and participate in traditional dancing, have an appreciation of traditional crafts, and celebrate Oklahoma’s colorful storytelling. You can find it just a few miles away in your home state.
 
For more information contact Rodger Harris at (405)522-5207 or by email at rharris@okhistory.org.
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