Since 1991, a growing number of cities and states are formally recognizing and celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday in October. The Oklahoma legislature officially moved our state’s honorary celebration from November to October in 2019.
Today, venues and organizations around the Oklahoma City metro invite families to learn more about the diverse Native cultures in our state, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day and into Native American Heritage Month.
FREE Cherokee Cultural Celebration at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of activities related to 19th-century Cherokee culture and lifestyle, including hands-on participation in Cherokee games such as blow gun shooting, stickball playing, marbles and chunkey. Admission is free for students and chaperones (one per seven students). Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Oct. 3. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day at First Americans Museum (659 First Americans Blvd) features a family-friendly celebration of First Americans’ arts, music and culture with hands-on art activities, traditional sports and games and performances ranging from hip-hop to stomp dance.. $5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
FREE Red Earth FallFest at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a parade, children’s activities, an arts & crafts market, Native dancers and a youth Powwow. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oct. 31-Nov. 21
FREE Showcase of Traditional Native American Dishes at the Del City Library (4330 SES 15th St, Del City) features a demonstration of diverse dishes served in Native American Indian communities across the United States. Preresigter. For 18 & up. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
FREE Native Americans through Film at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave) features a curated collection of films celebrating the rich histories, diverse cultures and important contributions of our Nation’s first people. All ages welcome. 1:30-5 p.m.
FREE Bead Weaving Take Home Kit for Teens at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Learn a simple technique for weaving beads with this take-home kit, and make a bracelet or keychain. Kits are first come, first served. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Choctaw Code Talkers Documentary at Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features a screening of the documentary of Choctaw Code Talkers. Free with admission. 1-3 p.m.
Worth the drive
Choctaw Nation Annual Powwow at the Choctaw Cultural Center (3702 Choctaw Rd, Durant) features one of the nation’s largest powwows. Experience the sights and sounds of dancers from all over the country. Free with admission. See website for schedule.
SkasdiCon at the Northeastern State University – University Center Ballroom (612 N Grand Ave, Tahlequah) features indigenous artists and creators, panel discussions, a screening of Inage’I (an animation all in the Cherokee language) and a family-friendly cosplay competition. All ages welcome. Free to attend. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For even more family-friendly events, visit our searchable calendar with things to do every day of the week.