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When Silver Anniversary Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival is held at the Cox Convention Center June 3, 4 and 5, 2011 in downtown Oklahoma City, more than 1200 American Indian artists and dancers from throughout North America will gather to celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage with the world. For three exciting days Oklahoma City will be at the center of Native American art and culture in America.
The Cherokee Nation has long emphasized education as a tool for survival. During the 1800s, the literacy level of the Cherokee Nation was higher than Texas or Arkansas. Literacy was spurred on by the use of Sequoyah’s syllabary, which aided Cherokee speakers in immediate literacy, enabling citizens to read the Cherokee Advocate newspaper and to keep abreast of the Nation’s issues and events.