Native American Heritage

Posted by Janette on 05/31/2014

May 2014
We celebrate the culture and artistry of Native Americans. Sadly, we cannot honor the contributions of tribes without acknowledging that Oklahoma’s heritage is drenched in the mistakes and tragedies of injustice done to those who were here before us – and those who were forced here because of us. We cannot change the pain of those actions, but we can celebrate the eventual triumphs of the many Indian tribes who call this state “home.”   LISTEN NOW
Allan Houser

Allan Houser is a world renowned sculptor and Oklahoma is celebrating the centennial of his birth this year with exhibits featuring his work. If you have seen the sculpture, "As Long as the Waters Flow," on the grounds of the State Capitol, you've seen a little of the artistry of Allan Houser.

Michael Darrow, Gerry Bonds and Amber SharplesHis nephew, Michael Darrow, is the historian for the Ft. Sill Apache Tribe. He joined Gerry and Amber Sharples, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Arts Council, to pay tribute to his uncle's amazing body of work.

The very name of our state - Oklahoma - comes from the Choctaw word meaning, "land of the red man." The Red Earth festival is an internationally-renowned celebration of American Indians and their diverse cultures. It also serves as a vital tool in educating everyone about the broad spectrum of Native American life. And this year, the festival is moving to Remington Park! 
Kelly Haney, Gerry Bonds and Janet Dyke
Janet Dyke
, President of the Red Earth Board of Trustees, joins formerThe Guardian state senator Kelly Haney - the artist who created "The Guardian" statue that adorns the Capitol dome - to talk about this extraordinary event. Haney is also being honored as this year's Red Earth Ambassador.

It's a time of reflection and celebration of our Native roots - a chance to honor those whose ancestors were on this continent long before the white man. And a recognition that the things that unite us are more important than the things that divide us.  

The words of the great Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, still ring true: "When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself." 

 -Debra Martin, Producer- 

Support for the Living Room with Gerry Bonds is provided by the new Artesian Hotel and Spa in the heart of Chickasaw Country in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Information at

Photos of Program 309 - May 2014 

As Long as the Waters Flow

May 2014 - Program 309
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