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Tending the Fire


In 2005, The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum asked the tribes of Oklahoma to come together to bless the grounds for the future American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. Each tribe contributed to the new fire that was lit on that special evening by symbolically adding a hickory stick in unison to the new fire. This established the Cultural Center’s role to tell the stories of Oklahoma’s 39 tribes, both historically and in a contemporary context. It is an honor and responsibility to keep this intertribal fire alive. We hope you’ll join with us!

This year we launched "Keeping the Fire," our first annual campaign to support the programs and operations of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. We have begun to pilot some public programs while the Cultural Center is being built. In November alone we collaborated to create the Newspapers in Education Native Sports publication with The Oklahoman; Jim Thorpe Native Sports Program with the Jim Thorpe Sports Museum; American Indian Cinema Showcase with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Creativity World Forum Opening Ceremony, Live Paint, and “Moving the Fire” photography exhibit; and Hands-On Caddo Pottery Workshop.

Additionally, we have a Core Exhibit Team of five senior American Indian Cultural Center and Museum staff members who meet weekly to work on the Cultural Center’s opening day exhibit content. Community outreach with the tribes and collaborations and consultations with institutions with Native collections such as the Oklahoma History Center, Gilcrease Museum, Fort Sill Museum, National Cowboy and Western History Museum and Sam Noble Museum of Natural History are also an important part of the ongoing exhibition development.

We hope you’ll choose to participate in the AICCM by making a financial contribution. Please click here if you’d like to donate now. Thank you for your help in tending the fire!
Keeping the Fire Brochure

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