2010 Creativity World Forum
Oklahoma City, OK
The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum staff were asked to produce an opening ceremony that would offer national and international visitors a glimpse into the Native cultures in Oklahoma for thousands of years and in the present. Included in the Opening Ceremony were elements for a number of different tribes such as a western style calling song, eastern style gathering horn/song, followed by a modern dance emulating the traditional fire, the Caddo Alligator dance, contemporary Women's Fancy Shawl Dance, a Tribal Banner Processional and concluded with modern day Powwow style dancing.
The land that is now Oklahoma has always been a creative frontier – an ancient network, a forum for cultural exchange, international trade, commerce, innovation and education. The Opening Ceremony performance conveyed all of these themes.
Creative Convergence Showcase
Live Paint & Live Read
The Creativity World forum included a showcase featuring American Indian artists creating new works of art daily. American Indian authors shared their literary works with book signing opportunities.“Both the LIVE PAINT and the LIVE READ helped fuel the creative dialogue.
Moving the Fire Photographic Exhibit
Also included in the showcase was the “Moving the Fire: The Removal of Indian Nations to Oklahoma,” historical photographic exhibition depicting the unique convergence of many different tribal cultures, to what is now known as the State of Oklahoma.
A Water Sculpture premiered by Cheyenne artist Nathan Pratt. The flow of creativity has been compared to streams of water. Like water, creativity is fleeting and lasting. The elements of water, light and DNA are presented in the sculptural work within a Native American context.