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ON THE COVER: Choctaw artist Dylan Cavin used acrylic on paper to create Here is, Our Land, which can be seen at Tribes 131 Art Gallery in Norman. Cavin’s work first appeared on the cover of Oklahoma Today’s July/August 2012 issue. More of his paintings appear in “Paper Trail,” starting on page 48.
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In ledger art, the memory is not merely in the subject matter but in the medium itself. Native Americans reused sheets of paper and other materials to chronicle their memories and tell their stories, and now, modern Indigenous artists are continuing the form.
By Megan Rossman
Tishomingo was the historic capital of the Chickasaw Nation before statehood. Now, the Johnston County town just a stone’s throw from Lake Texoma is experiencing a renewal as country music star Blake Shelton opens his Ole Red venue, attracting tourists and giving a boost to business owners, city leaders, and the Chickasaw Nation who call this town home.
By Nathan Gunter
The Collections The early twentieth century was a dark time for the Osage people of northeastern Oklahoma. As documented in the bestselling book Killers of the Flower Moon, they were trafficked and murdered for their mineral rights. Now, Osage photographer Ryan RedCorn gives modern-day Osage women the chance to stand before a camera and show the world who they really are.
Essay and photography by Ryan RedCorn
Follow along with Susan Dragoo as she and her husband travel the trace of the old Butterfield Overland Mail Route, a long-forgotten path that carried mail through Wild West Indian Territory..
Story and photography by Susan Dragoo
Town on the Up
As the first female Native American aero- space engineer, Park Hill native and Cherokee citizen Mary Golda Ross blazed trails into the heavens. But her story has gone largely untold—until now.
By Graham Lee Brewer
Portrait by Arigon Starr
Giddy up with an overnight stay at Robbers Cave Stables; new media releases will blow your mind; rawhide jewelry from Regina Dawn offers a modern spin on tradition; the Dewey Hotel Museum opens the door to history; and boot scoot on over to Stockyards City for enough great shopping, eating, and movie-watching to make you shout “yippee ki-yay!”
Celebrate Native heritage in a respectful manner with this powwow etiquette guide; Gracemont’s Terry Brown lives and performs according to the Cowboy Code; poet and Oklahoma City native Melissa A. Wabnitz remembers her “Indian Grandma;” and the Way’s Ranch Association nonprofit gives abused and abandoned horses a new home on the range.
For most people, Indian tacos are a fair and festival delicacy. But at Red Earth Indian Tacos and Fried Pies, diners can enjoy them any time; a visual recipe for blueberry and wild rice muffins is as beautiful as it is scrumptious; and food columnist Greg Elwell gets spicy with a column about Nashville hot chicken invading Oklahoma.