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Missing/Murdered/Disappeared: Vanished from East Texas, 2000-2020

Hello friends. Per a request, here is a running list of those who have gone missing in East Texas. As a journalist in this area, these are the individuals I have noticed as part of the missing groups I frequent. Please feel free to direct me to more. As it is my line of work, I care deeply. Some of these individuals I know about, some I do not know much about. There are many more, but this first post is just the time range of 2000-2020. I will do other time periods if there is interest, although older cases are harder to track.
They are organized alphabetically.
Albright, Alwin- last seen 7/6/19 walking away from his home on Scott Street in Gilmer in Upshur County. He is 74 years old with grey hair and blue eyes. He’s 5’10” and 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. Mr. Albright has medical issues and is without the medications he needs. There is a $1000 reward for information regarding his whereabouts. Anyone with information should contact the Upshur County Sheriff.
Alvarado, Eric “Slow”- Last seen 11/20/18. Disappeared from Atlanta, Texas, he is 6’5” and 180 pounds. He was 32 years old, and now would be 34. He was last seen wearing camouflage pajama pants, a white t-shirt, and a gray zip-up jacket. He also may have the glasses he was wearing. He has tattoos on his arms, chest and neck. There is a $10,000 reward for information on his whereabouts. Anyone with information should contact the Atlanta, TX police.
Birdwell, Jerrod- Last seen 1/6/14. Missing from Tyler, Jerrod was 17 at the time he disappeared. His height is listed as 5’5” and weight as 170 pounds, but he may have grown. He is white, with short black hair and brown eyes. There are no more details available about him. Anyone with information should contact the Smith County Sheriff.
Boehm, Frederick “Lil Joe” Joseph- Last seen 1/25/01. 6’0”, 130 pounds, white male with hazel eyes and brown hair missing from Marshall. He has a rebel flag tattoo on his upper arm. His sister Jolene is searching for answers and offering a $5000 reward. Anyone with information should contact the Harrison County Sheriff.
Cannon, Heather Danielle- Last seen 8/27/09. The 15-year-old disappeared from Athens, Texas. Authorities believe she left of her own accord, and she was last seen in the company of her biological father, Jerral Allen Whitley. Whitley refused to take a polygraph test after Heather's disappearance and was later incarcerated in Florida for drug offenses and grand theft. He was imprisoned for 18 months before being released in October 2014. Police have since completed excavations of a property on County Road 4837, near Larue. Anyone with information should contact the Henderson County Sheriff.
Childress, Antoinette Renee- Last seen 10/13/15. Missing from Henderson at her trailer home. About a month before Childress went missing, her sister, Patricia Nichols, began receiving strange Facebook messages from her. The first message said there was an emergency and Childress needed her phone number. Three weeks later Nichols got another message that just said "Sister where are I, what's going on." On October 6, Nichols got a voice message from Childress's Facebook account. The message said something about guardian angels, but the voice wasn't Childress's. Nichols left home after that and didn't return until November 6, by which time Childress was missing.
Two women contacted Nichols after Childress's disappearance and said they knew what had happened to her. The women stated Childress had been involved in using and selling drugs, and gotten some bad people angry, and was tortured and killed as a result. This information has not been verified.
Childress was seeing Felipe Villanueva at the time of his disappearance. He is considered a person of interest in her case and has multiple warrants for his arrest on drug-related charges and driving without a license. His current whereabouts are unknown and it's unclear whether he's still in the area.
A few days after Childress was reported missing, police found her car being driven by a man in Henderson. He was arrested on an unrelated charge, and stated Childress had sold him the vehicle, something her family finds difficult to believe.
Childress has a warrant out for her arrest, but she's considered a missing person rather than a fugitive. Childress had just gotten off probation at the time and was trying to clean up her life. Her case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected. Anyone with information should call the Henderson County Sheriff
Combs, Donnie “Bon Jovi” and Cynthia Arnold (went missing together)- The pair was last seen 9/26/18 in Linden, near Atlanta, Texas in Cass County. Combs called Arnold and asked her to come pick him up in Cass Countyand she left home to do so. A little while later she contacted her mother and said Combs hadn't arrived and she was still waiting at the meeting spot. Neither of them has ever been heard from again. A few days after they were last seen, Arnold's truck was found abandoned and burned in Marion County, Texas. While Kevin Dewayne Shepard Jr. and his uncle, Gary Edward Shepard were charged in Oct. 2020 with capital murder of the pair, their bodies have never been found. They face the death penalty if convicted. Anyone with information should contact the Cass County Sheriff.
Culberson, Larry- Last seen 9/4/13. Larry went missing from his home on County Road 4320 in Emory. Larry had been having some medical issues shortly before his disappearance. Larry was last known to be wearing camouflage-style gray pants, a white T-shirt and he might be wearing high-top tennis shoes. He was 56 at the time of his disappearance. An extensive search was conducted in the area without any result. His medical condition causes him to walk with a limp. Anyone with information should contact the Rains County Sheriff.
Dunn, Hartford Hunter- Last seen 8/5/04. Vanished from his home in the 200 block of Private Road 4002 in Marshall in the early morning hours, his daughter said she woke up at 7:30 a.m. and found the door open and her father gone. At 76 years old, he was in the beginning years of dementia. He has not been seen since. Anyone with information should contact the Marshall Police.
Flint, Kimberly Carter- Last seen 9/29/18. Kim’s car was found partially crashed and abandoned in the roadway of State Highway 154 near the rural community of Rekaw, in Rusk County. Her purse ID, as well as other possessions, were at her home, according to Kim’s son James. Picture evidence of the wreck shows damage to the front and side panel of the grey four-door sedan. "The vehicle it was found still in the roadway partially crashed," her son said. "She just wasn't there." Two searches, both immediately after the crash and 170 days later, turned up nothing. A witness believes he saw her speaking with someone in a white pickup truck, but as any local knows… there are a lot of white pickup trucks in East Texas. Kim was featured on “The Vanished Podcast.” Anyone with information should contact the Rusk County Sheriff.
Farrell, Justin Kyle- Last seen 05/11/04. Farrell disappeared from Nacogdoches, Texas. In March 2015, his skeletal remains were found near Cushing in Nacogdoches County, Texas. They were identified in April 2015. Farrell's death remains under investigation and has not yet been ruled a homicide. Anyone with information should contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff.
Fleisher, Steven Miller- Last seen 9/14/16. Missing from Troup, he was last seen around 6:15 a.m. in the 1200 block of Noble Street. Police say Fleisher did not take any of his belongings with him and his family has been unable to contact him. He was 53 years old at the time of his disappearance. Anyone with information should contact the Smith County Sheriff.
Flores, Lydia- Last seen 10/11/20. Reported missing on Oct. 19 by her Shreveport, LA boyfriend, who said he had not heard from her since Oct. 11. She is a 40-year-old Hispanic female, and has two tattoos: a barbed wire on her bicep and a playboy bunny on her lower back. She is 5’1” and 115 pounds. She has brown eyes and auburn hair. She is from Longview, but anyone with information should contact the Shreveport Police Department.
Franklin, Johnny William- Last seen 10/21/08. The black male, 5'9" tall and 150 pounds was last seen in Tyler. His vehicle was located in a church parking lot at 3009 N. Grand Ave. on October 21, but police said they saw no signs of foul play. He was 53 at the time of his disappearance. Anyone with information should contact the Smith County Sheriff.
Gallegos, Veronica- Last seen 01/11/05. Missing from Gun Barrel City at the age of 19, Her live-in boyfriend said she packed a suitcase and left; he speculated she'd returned to her native Mexico. She has never been heard from again. Gallegos left behind her purse, her Mexican identification and her six-month-old child. Her boyfriend is considered a person of interest in her case and has stopped cooperating with investigators. Foul play is possible in her disappearance, but few details are available in her case. Anyone with information should contact the Henderson County Sheriff.
Gipson, Tyress- last seen 8/22/20. Missing from Jacksonville, Texas in Cherokee County, Tyress had just turned 18 and graduated. He is 6’0” and weighs 180 pounds. He has tattoos of the name “Lavance,” “BG$” and prayer hands. He is an African American man, wears his hair in dreads, and has braces. Anyone with information should contact the Jacksonville Police Department.
Gutierrez, Marquita Leanna- Last seen 11/11/19. Some report her as missing out of Canton, while others report her as missing out of Wood County. Marquita Gutierrez was reported missing after borrowing her mom's pickup that morning to go to a doctor's appointment, but the doctor's office said she never showed up. Her husband told police she was last seen in the Dallas area and was possibly heading toward Laredo. Her husband has been named a person of interest in her case. Anyone with information should contact the Wood County Sheriff
Hunt, Shirley Mae- last seen 6/17/07. Missing from Henderson, Shirley was last seen walking on County Road 454 near her home in rural Rusk County. She had alzheimers at the time of her disappearance. She is 5’4”, 140 pounds with hazel eyes, white hair and a partial denture plate. She wears eyeglasses with a gold wire frame, and was 72 at the time of her disappearance. Sheriff’s deputies believe she got in someone’s car, due to scent dog tracking. Anyone with information should contact the Rusk County Sheriff.
Jackson, Cole Duane- last seen 07/13/06. Missing from Timpson, Jackson was last seen near FM 1645 and CR 4230. The truck he was driving came out of a private pasture and rammed into a fence. He stopped and spoke to the elderly man who owned the land. Jackson apologized and said he would pay $120 for the damage, but said he had to run to get away from the "bad people" who were chasing him. He abandoned his Dodge half-ton pickup with minor damage and left his two inhalers, which he needed, in the vehicle. The driver’s side door was open and the truck was still in four-wheel drive. Jackson's wife was three months pregnant with their first child at the time he went missing. Anyone with information should contact the Shelby County Sheriff.
Lee, Anthony Tyrone- last seen 6/25/11. Anthony was planning to go to the rodeo with his mother on the evening of June 25. When his mother came to pick him up for the rodeo, she found his home deserted. The ironing board was set up with the clothes Lee had planned to wear to the rodeo. His pants were on the ironing board with one leg dangling, as if he'd been interrupted while ironing and left in a hurry. His mother said he would not leave the house in his “house shoes” (a very East Texas thing lol) and he had $600 untouched in his bank account. About three weeks after Lee was reported missing, his mother got strange phone calls. A "death song" played on the line, then someone said, "that's what he gets for snitching." His mother noted that he had been associated with a known drug dealer and this person had wrecked Lee's car about a week before Lee disappeared. Anyone with information should contact the Texas Department of Public Safety (State Troopers).
Marshall, Kimberly Ann- last seen 3/17/17 after she spent one night in the Salvation Army womens’ shelter in Tyler, Texas. She was never seen again. Thirty-one years old at the time, Kimberly had cuts and scars on her arms, wrists and back. She also has upper dentures. She is 5’5” and approximately 105 pounds, although she fluctuates in weight. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Few details are available about her. Anyone with information should contact the Tyler Police Department.
Martin, David Michael- last seen 1/14/10. He was a truck driver based in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and came home to Louisiana most weekends to visit his family. On January 14, Martin called to say he wouldn't make it home that weekend because his truck had broken down. He never contacted his loved ones again. The last person known to have seen him was the mechanic in Longview, Texas whom Martin took his truck to for repairs. They had dinner together, then Martin said he was going to wait on a friend to get truck parts. The mechanic left to do more work on the truck. Martin has never been heard from again. Anyone with information should contact the Sand Springs Police.
Martinez, Gregoria Jacobo- last seen 8/13/09. Martinez was last seen in Nacogdoches. She was born in Mexico and was living in the United States without documents at the time of her disappearance. Her two young children, both of whom are U.S. citizens, and they were visiting their grandmother in Mexico when Martinez disappeared. She had asked the father of one of her children for money to help bring her children home from Mexico. He agreed to meet her and lend her money shortly before she disappeared.Martinez planned to go to the Nacogdoches County courthouse on July 13 to pick up copies of her children's birth certificates, but she never arrived there. She has never been heard from again. She was reported missing on July 16. That same day, her vehicle was found abandoned on the side of County Road 525, near the intersection of U. S. Highway 59 south. There were no obvious indications of a struggle at the scene. Martinez may have gotten a ride south with a truck driver in order to find her children; however, her family never saw her. Both the fathers of her children have been questioned and neither of them have been named as suspects. Authorities believe Martinez was taken against her will. Anyone with information should contact the Texas Department of Public Safety (State Troopers).
Marquez, Erin Raquel- last seen 8/30/14. The 17-year-old disappeared as she was leaving the Longview Baptist Church in Hallsville, near Longview. She has long dark hair that was dyed red, and 5’6”, 130 pounds, and has brown eyes. Anyone with information should contact the Harrison County Sheriff.
McKay, Melissa Darling- last seen 6/10/11. At 1:35 a.m., Melissa walked out of the Choctaw Casino in Grant, Oklahoma with a white male companion, Jeremy Upchurch, of Lamar TX and was never seen again. Upchurch continues to be a person of interest due to his criminal background. Properties in Oklahoma, Delta and Lamar counties were searched, but came up empty. I can’t find an independent source to corroborate, but a personal conversation I had with law enforcement indicates they have found her vehicle in Oklahoma and presume she is dead, possibly due to drug involvement. Anyone with information should contact the Hopkins County Sheriff or Sulphur Springs Police.
Meadows, Beverly Lofton- Last seen 12/26/08. Beverly walked away from the Community Cares Nursing Home in the 200 block of west Merritt Street in Marshall, Texas and has never been seen again. Meadows had lived in the nursing home for about six years prior to her disappearance. She was supposed to wear an identification bracelet that would have activated the nursing home's door alarms, but she took it off before she left. She left without taking any personal belongings. Her mother, who lives 15 miles from the nursing home, believes Meadows was trying to walk to her residence. She was 48 years old at the time of her disappearance, 5’3”, and 240 pounds with short brown hair. She requires daily medication, and she doesn't have her medicine with her. Anyone with information should contact the Marshall Police.
Morton, Sheila- last seen 6/2/14. Missing from Center, Texas, Sheila’s behavior and personality changed drastically in the weeks leading up to her disappearance, according to her mother Joan. She had recently quit a restaurant job she had for seven years, moved out of her residence, and began hanging out with an old group of friends. Additionally, the last purchase Sheila was known to make was for a 9mm handgun, which was left behind when she disappeared. She was last seen at her ex-boyfriend’s house. Her phone was turned off the same day she vanished, and she has never been seen or heard from again. Sheila’s family members do not believe she would voluntarily leave her son behind. Anyone with information should contact the Angelina County Sheriff.
Pierce, Ashley- last seen 3/10/20. Disappeared from the Longview area, she is 5’3” and has a Hello Kitty tattoo on her thigh and a scorpion on her shoulder. She has long brown hair. Anyone with information should contact the Gregg County Sheriff.
Salazar, Rosemary “Rose” Rodriguez- Last seen 10/6/19. Attended a family birthday party at the Golden Corral in Kilgore, and was supposed to report to work the next morning at the Kilgore Walmart, but no-show, no-called. She has several distinctive tattoos, including a heart with a fishing hook, a deathly hallow, and the inscription “my person” next to a rose. She is a 5’4”, 185 pound Hispanic woman with brown eyes and brown hair, and it is not known what she was wearing when she disappeared. Her lime green 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is also missing. Anyone with information should contact the Gregg County Sheriff.
Stewart, Harry Edward- Last seen 11/30/11. Harry was traveling from Springtown, Texas to Alabama and was last seen in Hallsville, Texas. His age was 65 and he is white, 5’10”, and weighs about 170 pounds. Sheriff’s deputies determined he was driving when he hit something and had to leave his vehicle after his radiator overheated. Harry told the responding officer he would wait at the Dairy Queen on Farm-to-Market Road 450 near mile marker 604 for a ride. He was never seen again.
Thompson, Lauren Colvin- Last seen 1/10/19. At 1:53 p.m., Lauren made a frantic but coherent call to her mother. At 2:01 p.m., Lauren called 911 and told Panola County dispatch she was being followed. The call lasted for 21 minutes before disconnecting. Lauren’s family says it “abruptly ended,” police say the “cell phone died.” Lauren’s phone and shoe were found in the Rock Hill community, a rural area with less than 200 residents and more than 2000 acres of woods. A search by multiple law enforcement agencies turned up nothing. A $10,000 reward is offered for information on Lauren’s whereabouts. Anyone with information should contact the Panola County Sheriff.
Tidwell, James “Jimmy” Lamar- Last seen 2/15/12. Family members found his rural cabin in Rusk County abandoned, and later found his vehicle abandoned on Farm Road 95, approximately five miles from his home, without a battery. "I do not believe for one minute that he left this property of his own free will," his sister Lynn Akin said. The road was a route he took frequently. He was 58 at the time of his disappearance. The truck showed no signs of foul play, according to Sheriff’s deputies. Anyone with information should contact the Rusk County Sheriff.
Valdovinos, Gustavo Baldovi- Last seen 7/11/12. Missing from his maternal aunt's home on Houston Street in Tyler. He told his family he was an alcoholic and had decided to go into treatment, and he left with a group of people who promised to get him some help. The group he left with is described as a Caucasian male and two Caucasian females driving a white Chevrolet Z71 or Silverado pickup truck. Anyone with information should contact the Smith County Sheriff.
Wells, Brandi- Last seen 8/3/06. Was leaving the Graham Central Station nightclub in Longview at around 12:30 a.m. Her damaged car was found on Interstate 20 near the Brownsboro exit with her personal belongings inside. She was wearing rust-colored gaucho pants and a floral tube top, and is 4’11, 130 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was 23 in 2006, she would be 36 now. She was featured on Investigation Discovery’s “Disappeared.” Anyone with information should contact the Henderson County Sheriff.
Witt, Jana Mann- last seen 8/17/05. Missing from Glen Rose in Somervell County, Ms. Witt displayed personality changes several weeks prior to her disappearance. She has also gone by the names Jana Holstin, Jana Howard and Jana Branch. She was 44 years of age at the time of her disappearance, and 5’3”, 160 pounds with blue eyes and dyed red hair. The missing persons database notes that foul play is possible. Anyone with information should contact the Somervell County Sheriff.
Sources: News reports, Charley Project, Missing Eight East Texas and more
https://www.news-journal.com/news/local/police-searching-for-husband-of-missing-wc-woman/article_7c5144ee-8434-5e12-9829-360d060c510a.html
https://www.ketk.com/news/vanished-hartford-hunter-dunn/
https://www.panolawatchman.com/news/still-no-answers-in-lauren-thompson-case-a-year-after-she-went-missing-from-panola/article_07d707bc-4d15-11ea-8c84-af4fb2d30b79.html
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When the Last Tree is Cut Down and the Last River Poisoned, Only Then Will the White Men Realize They Cannot Eat Money

When I was nineteen I developed a severe case of wanderlust and left home without a destination, carrying little more than a beat up old JanSport backpack, a bag of jasmine rice, a camp stove, a copy of Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, and my sense of adventure. In the five years since I’ve developed into an experienced tramp and travelled through every U.S. state except Alaska and Hawaii, mostly for free via hitchhiking, freight hopping, trainsurfing, and plain old hoofing it. As you might imagine, I’ve had all sorts of adventures; some awe inspiring and life affirming, others miserable and disappointing, and a few downright frightening. I’ve tangled with violent ex-con hobos, macho railyard bulls with something to prove, deranged homeless people, knife wielding junkies, and bored security guards. I’ve been robbed (of the fourteen dollars I was carrying at the time), beaten, tasered, chased by dogs, stalked by mountain lions, and run out of town by angry locals. None of these experiences can hold a candle to the terrifying encounter I had last night. Not even close. I still have no idea what it was. If anyone has any clue as to what this thing was, please leave the info in the comments because I’m completely lost, and I have a feeling that whatever is happening to me is far from over.
I’d been hitching through the deep south for the last few days - Georgia, Alabama, and finally Mississippi - trying, unsuccessfully, to find some temporary work as a farm hand since my cash was almost dry. I eventually got frustrated and decided to head for a place in Texas where I’d had better luck in the past. I hitched a ride to a tiny railroad station in middle-of-nowhere, Mississippi where I knew freight trains usually stopped to change crews, and found a place to hide behind a large rock a couple hundred feet from the station. It was an extremely humid night, and I sat in my filthy clothes, stale with sweat, sipping a warm Miller High Life and listening to the night songs of the frogs and crickets. The moon above was heading towards full, providing plenty of light which I had learned was a blessing and a curse; making it both easier to hop a train, and easier to get caught.
I waited there for a couple of hours. Two passenger trains passed but I let them go; I was extremely exhausted and didn’t feel like trainsurfing (clinging to the outside of a fast moving train, for the uninitiated). Finally I saw what I had been waiting for; a big slow freight train which lumbered to a halt at the station for a crew change. I waited fifteen minutes and when the train started moving again I dashed from my hiding spot to try and jump aboard. Usually the freight cars are locked up tight and you have to jump up and ride the connectors in between cars, a dangerous and uncomfortable endeavor, or lay down on a flat car and hope for the best; but on this particular night I spotted a large red box car with its sliding door slightly ajar, and I made a beeline for it. I tossed my bag in first, then grabbed the handle next to the door and hoisted myself up.
Inside the boxcar was empty and dark, the moon and the occasional trackside lamp shining through the open door providing the only illumination. It was hot and stuffy and the air smelled stale, but it was much better than walking or trying to ride on the outside of the train. I sat down with my back against the front wall of the car with my pack beside me, settled in, and closed my eyes for some much needed rest. Here’s where things started getting weird.
About fifteen minutes into the trip I heard the distinct noise of someone clearing their throat over the clatter of the tracks. It came from inside the freight car, which I was sure had been empty when I boarded the train. My heart skipped a beat, my body tensed up, and I snapped out of my half-sleep searching for the source of the noise, but by now I was way out in the wilderness and the car was so dark I couldn’t see more than few feet infront of me. “Hello? Is someone there?” I said to the darkness. There was silence for about ten seconds before I heard that throat clearing noise again.
“Yes, there is,” replied an unseen voice from the other side of the boxcar. It was strained and high pitched, with a touch of uncertainty, like a person speaking in a second language they haven’t used in a long time.
“Oh, hello. Sorry, I thought I was alone here,” I said.
“You aren’t.”
“Ok. Well, my name is Kyle. What’s yours?”
Silence. No big surprise, I’d met plenty of travellers in my time who were reluctant to give out personal information. “Alright dude, no worries. I don’t really care what your name is, but since we seem to be temporary traveling companions, why don’t you come sit over here with me. I’ve got a couple beers I’m willing to share. They’re warm, but beggars can’t be choosers, right?”
More silence. This guy was starting to piss me off, who turns down free beer? “Fine,” I said into the darkness, “Stay over there then. Just know I’ve got a big ass knife over here, so don’t even think about fucking with me.” I was lying about the blade, it was actually a tiny Swiss Army knife, but he didn’t need to know that. He said nothing in response, but I heard another noise that sounded familiar, though I couldn’t quite place it. It sounded like someone methodically flicking a heavy piece of paper over and over, and it gave me goosebumps up both arms. We sat like that for a long time, me sipping my beer and him flicking that paper, or whatever it was.
fhwap, fhwap, fhwap
After what felt like an eternity he finally spoke.
“Asulan,” the voice said, slow and halting, as if speaking took a great effort.
“What?”
“You may call me Asulan, if you wish.”
“OK,” I replied. “I’ve never heard that one before, what kind of name is it?”
“An old one.”
“Fair enough, Asulan. You gonna come over here and grab a beer now or what?”
“No.”
At that moment the train passed an intersection with a road, and the inside of the car was momentarily lit up by the flashing red lights of the crossing signs. Asulan was leaning against the wall on the opposite side of the boxcar from me, awash in shadow, and crouching instead of sitting in a stance similar to what the internet likes to call the “Slav Squat”. I could tell right away there was something off about the guy: he was all knees and elbows, his arms and legs thin and much longer than they should have been. He wore an old timey suit with a frilly under shirt and small bow tie; it reminded me of those black and white pictures you see from the 1800’s of stone faced Indians from the “Five Civilized Tribes”. His head hung between his knees, looking down at something in his hand, and a bowler hat sat upon his head obscuring his face. All I could see in the crimson light was a long hooked nose protruding from below the rim. He held something small in his right hand, which he slapped methodically against the fingers of his left.
fhwap, fhwap, fhwap.
Then the crossing was behind us and the boxcar was bathed in shadow once more. A shiver went up my spine as my brain tried to make sense of what I had just seen, of the freak sitting across from me in the freightcar, just out of sight.
“Did you know that the lighter was invented before matches?” he said suddenly. I could almost hear in his voice the smile that must have been on his face. He knew I’d seen him, he knew I was scared, and it brought him joy.
“What?” I said, blinking. My voice sounded dumbstruck and frightened in my ears and I winced.
“The cigarette lighter came first, according to the technical definition of the word ‘lighter’ and the word ‘match’. Oh sure, people will tell you that the match has been around since the 500’s in China, but those were actually just sticks soaked in flammable liquids that had to be lit by another source. If you’re going by the true definition of a match as ‘a slender piece of wood, cardboard, or other flammable material tipped with a chemical substance that produces fire when rubbed on a rough or chemically prepared surface’ then the match wasn’t invented until 1826 by a man in England named John Walker.”
“The lighter, on the other hand, was invented in 1823 by a German named Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner. He called it ‘Dobereiner’s Torch’, very original, I know. Anyways, according to your people’s calendar, 1823 comes before 1826. Hence, the lighter was invented before the match. Weird, right?”
“Umm, yeah. I guess so.” I said. I couldn’t think of anything else to say. I instinctively reached my hand into my pant pocket and felt the cold, reassuring metal of my Zippo there. I closed my fist around it while he continued on as if I hadn’t said anything at all.
“I still prefer matches, regardless of their date of origin. They’re smaller, cheaper, and more reliable. You can even get waterproof ones these days. Plus, there’s no complicated mechanical parts to break or get stuck. Even if the lighter is newer, the match seems a lot closer to the old ways. Atleast to me. I prefer the old ways, the simpler ways, closer to nature, closer to the earth, closer to the way things used to be. There’s less that can go wrong that way.”
I was seriously freaked out now. Sitting in the dark with this strangely eloquent person, though I use that term lightly. I was beginning to wonder if Asulan was even human at all. I’d only seen him for a moment in the flash of that red light, maybe my mind was playing tricks on me. I was tired and a little buzzed from the beer after all. Could be my mind playing tricks, the way shadows sometimes look like looming figures when you’re walking home alone at night. The suspense was killing me, and I figured if I really was riding with some kind of monster I’d rather know about it. I pulled the Zippo from my pocket and spun the flint wheel with my thumb, to shed some light on this situation once and for all.
clink, clink, clink.
Nothing happened. It wouldn’t light. Not even the spark you usually get when the lighter is out of fuel, which it wasn’t; I’d just refilled it two days ago in Tuscaloosa.
“See what I mean? Can’t trust em’,” it said from the darkness. The smile was back in its voice now. The fhwap, fhwap, paper flicking noise stopped now as well, replaced by a sound I did know - the snap, snap, whoosh of a match being lit. He’d been flicking a book of paper matches this whole time.
A halo of dim orange light formed around him, and I could see him much clearer now. He looked up at me. The skin of his face was the dull gray of rotting flesh, all wrinkly like an old raisin, and his eyes were tiny black points sunken into his skull. His ears were thin, long, and pointed and now I could see that he actually was smiling. His teeth were a row of long thin spikes like needles, and there were several rows of them stacked upon one another like a shark’s.
“Are you a hunter, Kyle?” he asked.
“No,” I replied. “I’m a vegetarian.” The thing on the other side of the freightcar laughed; a cruel, wheezing sound like a hyena with pneumonia.
“Oh, but you are,” he said. “All of you are hunters in your own way. Hunters of pleasure. Hunters of comfort. Hunters of leisure. Destroyers of the forests. Polluters of lakes. Defilers of land. I’ve watched your kind for a thousand years. You’re all hunters. But I like you Kyle, so I’m going to give you a chance.”
The match had burned down to the long spindly fingers of its left hand, and began to dim and flicker. In the dying light I saw the thing that called itself Asulan toss the matchbook towards me with its right hand. The match went out while the matchbook was mid air and I lost track of it, but I heard it land in front of me somewhere near my left foot. I bent over to look for it, but as I did I heard a kahwooooo from outside the boxcar and felt the air pressure change inside. We had just entered a tunnel and all light disappeared from the world. The boxcar was filled with complete and utter darkness. Somewhere in the blackness across from me I heard a rustle of movement.
On the verge of panic, I frantically searched the wooden floor in front of me with both hands, without success. I could hear something moving closer now with a strange scraping noise. Finally my left hand fell upon the matchbook in the dark, and with trembling fingers I broke off a match and lit it against the coarse striking surface on the cover. As I did the noise coming from the other side of the car stopped, as if he had frozen in place.
The first thing I saw in the new light of the match was the wall of the tunnel outside the open door of the boxcar, flying past mere inches away. There would be no jumping from this train, even if I wanted to, at least not until we were out of the tunnel. I was trapped in here with this thing. I looked across the box car to where it had been sitting, but there was nothing there. Asulan has disappeared. I waved the match from side to side in front of my face searching for him, but I must have swung my arm too hard because the match went out and I was back in inky blackness, that sliding scraping noise moving towards me once again.
I lit another match, my whole body shivering with fear now. It took three strikes to get it to light. The noise stopped again. I stood perfectly still, waiting, listening, as the match burned down. There was nothing but the clanking of the train on the tracks.
As the flame reached my fingertips I heard a hiss coming from the floor of the box car. I looked down, and there it was, laying on the floor on its belly. It must have been slithering across the ground like a snake in the darkness. It looked up at me with those sharp beady eyes and row upon row of needle teeth and hissed, rearing up like a cobra. The match singed the tips of my fingers and went out, and I screamed in the darkness.
I kept on screaming in the dark as I tore another match from the book and lit it. Now the creature was directly in front of me, an inch from my face. Its breath smelled of roadkill that has been lying in the sun for a week. Its clawed hands reached for my throat, but before they got there the world went black. I fell into unconsciousness. I don’t know if it’s possible to faint from pure terror, but I’m pretty sure that's what happened in that moment.
I awoke flat on my back on the floor of the box car. It was light out now. There was no sign of Asulan. I almost could have convinced myself that it had all been a dream if it wasn’t for the book of matches still clutched in my hand. I turned it over. The cover read ‘Choctaw Nation Casino & Resort - Durant’ above a stylized image of a winking indian brave with a stack of money in one hand and a long clay pipe in the other. My mind was foggy and my vision blurred, but I didn’t have time to think too much on it. I felt the train starting to break, which meant it was time for me to make my exit before it fully stopped and the railyard bulls came after me.
I moved for the door, but as I planted my foot to jump I felt an intense pain in my heel which shot all the way up my right leg. Me knee buckled and my leap turned into a tumble out of the door. I landed hard and rolled away, lucky not to have my leg severed by the train. I lay there for a moment dazed and breathing hard. When I finally sat up I noticed the shoe from my right foot was missing, though the left shoe was still there. I lifted my foot to my face and examined it for a moment until I found the source of the pain: a large, black, wicked looking thorn right in the middle of my heel. I grabbed it between two fingers and pulled, and my head was filled with red hot pain, but the thorn didn’t budge even a millimeter. I’d have to dig it out later with the Swiss Army knife, but not here and not now. I looked around and saw that I was sitting in an open field, in broad day light, directly below a large a large sign which read ‘No Trespassing - violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law’ and decided it was time to cheese it. I limped towards a small unmarked road next to the tracks, walking on the ball of my right foot to prevent the thorn in my heel from making contact with the pavement.
I followed the road until it met with a larger one that eventually became the Main Street of a small town, though I was so dopey by that point that I couldn’t tell you its name. I think it must have been somewhere in Louisiana, but I’m not exactly sure. I staggered through the streets, shambling like a zombie to avoid placing weight on my foot. All around me people stopped and stared, shaking their heads disapprovingly. I walked by exactly four women pushing strollers, and every one of the babies began to wail as I passed by. I met the eyes of one old woman who gave me a nasty look, but when I glared back she turned white as a sheet of paper, grabbed the sides of her head with her hands, and sprinted away from me back the way she had come.
Eventually I saw a motel on the other side of the street, and decided that after the night’s events I needed a little R&R to clean up and get my head back on straight. It would probably cost all the rest of my money, but at this point I didn’t care anymore.
As I stepped out into the street an older model BMW came screeching to a halt next to me and laid on its horn. I looked up to see a red faced old man sneering at me. “Get the hell out of the road, junkie,” he screamed out the window, horn still blasting. I gave him the finger and continued on my way thinking fuck off old man. I hope you crash that piece of shit car.
As soon as I stepped onto the sidewalk on the other side of the street, I heard the car peeling out. I turned around just in time in time to see the BMW swerve and then crash full speed directly into a concrete wall about 100 feet down the road. The front of the car crumpled like an accordion, and bystanders ran towards the car to see if the driver was ok. Holy shit I thought, did that really just happen. Oh well, serves him right the old prick.
I pushed through the door of the “A1 Motel” and entered a rundown lobby that looked like it had fallen out of a time warp from the 1970’s. Thin orange carpet covered the floor, and garish fake chandeliers hung from the ceiling. Behind the front desk sat a fat black man in a tracksuit staring at a tiny black and white TV. An old western was playing on the screen, John Wayne was firing his six shooter at a group of charging braves in full war paint. The man peeled his eyes from the screen, took one look at me, and started shaking his head.
“No, no way. No homeless,” he said.
“I’m not homeless,” I said. “Just a tourist. I have money and I’d like a room.”
“Bull shit. You ain’t no tourist. Look at you. You a no good bum, and we don’t let no bums in the A1. This is a quality establishment here. Besides, no vacancy.”
I looked up at the neon sign above him which clearly read ‘Vacancy’. He followed my eyes and let out a grunt, then leaned over and flipped a switch under the desk. A bright red ‘NO’ sign flickered to life in front of the ‘Vacancy’ sign.
“Come on man, I’ve had a really weird night. I’ve got a thorn the size of Texas in my heel, and I need a shower and a bed. I’ve got the money right here.” I began to reach into my pocket to show him, but he gave me a dismissive wave.
“I don’t care,” he said. “I don’t care if you have a million fucking dollars. You dressed in rags, you stink, and you look like you ain’t slept in a week, You a bum. Now get out bum, before I call the cops.”
I felt the rage rise, but there was nothing I could do. I turned to leave and muttered, “Whatever man, fuck you. Eat shit and die.”
But as I reached the door I heard a strange gushing noise from behind me and turned back around. The front desk clerk was facing away from me now, crouching over his desk, with his pants around his ankles, and as I watched he let loose a massive pile of excrement right on top of the desk. I gagged reflexively, but couldn’t turn away. The clerk turned back around, and his eyes were huge and frightened, staring at me and pleading silently for help. Then slowly, methodically, he reached down and scooped up a pile of feces with both hands, brought it to his lips, took a bite, and began to chew.
Then he took another scoop, and another and another, faster now, greedily scarfing down his own hot pile of shit. I stood watching, frozen in horror.
When there was nothing left to eat he looked up at me one last time, his face smeared with filth, his eyes like high beam headlights. Then he grabbed at his chest and keeled over the desk, slamming his face down hard on the wooden surface, and lay there. He wasn’t breathing.
What the fuck is going on here? I thought, as I turned again and ran through the door and up the street as fast as my gimpy leg would carry me. I didn’t stop running until I was a few miles outside of town. Then I stopped and tried pulling the thorn out of my heel with the tweezers in my Swiss Army knife. It was useless, the thing wouldn’t move at all, and now a bright red ring of infection surrounded the thorn. Eventually I gave up and turned my attention to hitching as far from this place as possible.
An old nun picked me up and brought me to the next town, pinching her nose the entire ride. I guess I must have smelled something fierce, though I couldn’t smell myself at all. I tried not to speak to her the entire ride, lest something bad happen. I did eventually ask her to drop me at the public library, which she did. I headed straight for the computers and started typing the words you’re reading right now.
Which brings us to the present. I have no idea what that thing that called itself ‘Asulan’ was, what it did to me, or how to get this thorn out of my foot. Like I said before, if you have any ideas PLEASE leave them in the comments. I really don’t know what else to do.
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What's happening around town (Wed, Jul 25th - Tue, Jul 31st)

Oklahoma City's event list.

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Wednesday, Jul 25th

  • Bi-Weekly Meetup (51st st. Speakeasy - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience America's favorite pastime in downtown Oklahoma City as the OKC Dodgers take on the Albuquerque…
  • 🎭 Elf the Musical, Jr. (Oklahoma Children's Theatre - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, Jul 27th Start Time: 10:00am Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father…
  • 🎭 Elf the Musical, Jr. (Oklahoma Children's Theatre - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, Jul 27th Start Time: 12:00pm Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father…
  • Mamma Mia (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jul 29th Come see the feel-good Broadway smash hit "Mamma Mia!" live at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.…
  • $ OIGA Conference and Tradeshow (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 12:00pm The 2018 OIGA Conference and Trade Show, otherwise known as ‘the biggest little show in Indian Gaming,' will be held in Oklahoma City July 23-25, and will draw nearly 3,000 vendors, visitors and guest speakers to downtown Oklahoma City to celebrate and advance our industry. If you have never attended the OIGA Trade Show, you are in for a…
  • OKC Energy FC vs Fresno FC (Taft Stadium - Oklahoma City) Experience the excitement of major league soccer in Oklahoma as the Oklahoma City Energy Football Club takes on Fresno FC at…
  • Parents Supporting Parents (Mental Health Association Oklahoma main office - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm This group is for caretakers and parents who are supporting an individual managing the complications often associated with having a pervasive development disorder such as autism or aspergers disorder. This group will also provide education and support to those parents who have loved ones with diagnosed or undiagnosed mental, emotional,…
  • Rodkey House Summer Camp 3 (Edmond) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am $50 per child 9 AM to Noon Each Day Ages 6 – 12 years. Must have completed kindergarten by the start of camp to register. At Rodkey Summer Camp your children will… Pretend, play and learn like they are in 1900 Churn butter Learn about home life in Edmond in 1900
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp (Douglass High School - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, Jul 27th Enroll the kids in Thunder Youth Basketball Camp this summer. Held at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, this three-day…
  • 😂 Triple Feature Week Oklahoma City!!! (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jul 28th
  • Wednesday Game Night (Remington Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Play the games you love for jackpots and then play more games you love for Extra Cash & Prizes on Game Night at Remington Park, every Wednesday! Starting at 6pm on Wednesday nights at Remington Park, just make sure to use your Club Remington Card as you play in the casino. Doing so may get you selected via hot seat drawings to make Free Spins,…
  • Western Explorers Summer Camp Preview Day (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, Jul 27th Start Time: 10:00am
  • Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jul 28th The Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, held annually at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds,…

Thursday, Jul 26th

  • Buffalo Rogers And Friends CD Fundraiser Acoustic Night (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎭 The Comedy, Magic & Mentalism of Max Krause (One seat remaining) (Max's Magic Theatre - OKC - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:45pm Ages 5+
  • 🎨 A Date with the Duke - Summer Edition (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm John Wayne’s granddaughter, Anita La Cava Swift, joins us for opening remarks at a special screening of The Comancheros (1961). After his partner is killed, aging Texas Ranger Jake Cutter (John Wayne) is assigned to capture gambler Paul Regret (Stuart Whitman), a condemned prisoner who managed to escape hanging, and return him to Louisiana to…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience America's favorite pastime in downtown Oklahoma City as the OKC Dodgers take on the Albuquerque…
  • 🎭 Elf the Musical, Jr. (Oklahoma Children's Theatre - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father…
  • 🎭 Elf the Musical, Jr. (Oklahoma Children's Theatre - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 12:00pm Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father…
  • FREE 20-Minute Healthy Meals (Choctaw Library - Choctaw) Start Time: 7:15pm Learn how to make plant-based meals in under 20 minutes, eat healthy and feel great. There will be FREE giveaways, tastings and demos and a preview of Diabetes Undone.
  • The Gotcha Cover Band and Nasty Weather (Edmond) The 2018 Concerts in the Park series features artists from a wide variety of genres. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Snow cones will be sold during the event.
  • Guys On A Bus (VZD's - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎭 Gypsy the Musical (Mitch Park - Edmond) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 8:00pm Regarded by many theater professionals as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success… while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the…
  • Mamma Mia (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jul 29th Come see the feel-good Broadway smash hit "Mamma Mia!" live at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.…
  • Meditation Class (St Stephen's United Methodist - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Weekly meditation and discussion group conducted by the monks from Oklahoma Buddhist Vihara.
    St. Stephens UMC 6-7pm Look for the shoes.
  • 🎨 Movie Night — Finding Dory (Edmond) Start Time: 7:30pm Movie nights are BACK this season with family-friendly favorites featured poolside. Gates open at 7:30PM, movie starts at dusk. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Rating: PG for mild thematic elements Runtime:…
  • Oklahoma Contemporary Time Capsule (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 2:00pm Help us celebrate our past, present and future! As construction continues on our new home at NW 11th and Broadway, we take a moment to reflect on our history and celebrate our progress. Join us for a time capsule ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 26 to remember our past and prepare for our future. Just Desserts food truck will be onsite serving…
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) Get your tickets for a very special evening of singesongwriter magic when Ray Wylie Hubbard takes over the iconic Tower…
  • Rodkey House Summer Camp 3 (Edmond) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am $50 per child 9 AM to Noon Each Day Ages 6 – 12 years. Must have completed kindergarten by the start of camp to register. At Rodkey Summer Camp your children will… Pretend, play and learn like they are in 1900 Churn butter Learn about home life in Edmond in 1900
  • Saints Sessions (Saints - Oklahoma City) Head to the Plaza District each Thursday for an evening of Saints Sessions programming. Visit Saints Pub in Oklahoma City on…
  • Saloon Series (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:30pm 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Every Thursday in July & August Prosperity Junction One of the most ever-present features of the Old West was the saloon, an icon of American popular culture that has come to symbolize the rugged frontier. The Silver Dollar Saloon and Prosperity Junction take center stage during the Museum’s “Saloon Series.” During happy…
  • 🏆 Surf and Turf at The Bricktown Brewery at Remington Park (Remington Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 4:00pm
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp (Douglass High School - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Enroll the kids in Thunder Youth Basketball Camp this summer. Held at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, this three-day…
  • 🎓 Moore Toastmasters (1st United Methodist Church - Moore) Start Time: 7:00pm Do you cringe at the thought of being in front of a room communicating? Maybe you have no idea how to construct your thoughts for your next business meeting?
    Come and join toastmasters and learn the art of public speaking and leadership. It is a safe and great learning environment for you to start or refine your public speaking skills. There…
  • 😂 Triple Feature Week Oklahoma City!!! (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jul 28th
  • Western Explorers Summer Camp Preview Day (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am
  • Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jul 28th The Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, held annually at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds,…

Friday, Jul 27th

  • 🎓 Edmond Ambucs Friday Luncheon (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 12:00pm The Edmond Chapter Ambucs “creating mobility & independence for people with disabilities” hosts a weekly luncheon every Friday. Please join us at 12PM Noon, UCO Nigh Center, Cherokee Room. We also meet the 2nd Tues. night monthly, 5:30PM, Rock & Brews, 2737 W. Memorial Rd. for $5 burgers & FREE appetizers. More info., call (405)820-9667.
  • 🎡 Andy Alligator's Water Park After Dark (Andy Alligator's Fun Park & Water Park - Norman) Start Time: 7:30pm Come visit Andy Alligator’s on July 13th and 27th to experience the water park after dark! This 18 and older event is a perfect way to splash into summer and is free for season passholders. Release your inner kid and experience the park in a completely different light. Andy’s After Dark is the perfect place to bring friends and start your…
  • 🏆 Barrel Bash & Bonus Race Regionals (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Start Time: 8:00am Save the Date! Details to come- visit www.barrelbash.com
  • Book Of Love (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Buffalo Rogers And Friends CD Fundraiser Full Band Night (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. El Paso Chihuahuas (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Thru Mon, Jul 30th Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience America's favorite pastime in downtown Oklahoma City as the OKC Dodgers take on the El Paso…
  • 🎭 Elf the Musical, Jr. (Oklahoma Children's Theatre - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father…
  • 🎭 Elf the Musical, Jr. (Oklahoma Children's Theatre - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 12:00pm Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father…
  • Fiesta Friday (Calle Dos Cinco - Oklahoma City) Celebrate the rich culture of the Historic Capitol Hill area in Oklahoma City this summer. Each month, Calle Dos Cinco…
  • Friday Evening Glow (Riversport Adventures OKC - Oklahoma City) Bring the whole family to the Riversport Adventure Park at the Boathouse District for the Friday Evening Glow. Enjoy summer…
  • 🎭 Gypsy the Musical (Mitch Park - Edmond) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 8:00pm Regarded by many theater professionals as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success… while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the…
  • Ham Holiday (Tower Hotel - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Come out to the annual Ham Holiday hosted by Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs. This Oklahoma City ham radio event offers…
  • Indian Hills Powwow (Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jul 29th The Indian Hills Powwow in Oklahoma City is an exciting Native American gathering that is open and free to the public. Held…
  • Joe Praize (Miracle City Church - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm International Gossip with Music by Joe Praize.
  • Josh Turner in Concert (Riverwind Casino - Norman) See Josh Turner, one of the youngest members of the Grand Ol' Opry, as he showcases his award-winning voice at the…
  • Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots (Listen Local - Chickasha) Start Time: 7:30pm Gather your family, load up the picnic basket and head to the University of Science and Arts Oklahoma in Chickasha for an…
  • Mamma Mia (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jul 29th Come see the feel-good Broadway smash hit "Mamma Mia!" live at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.…
  • 😂 Open Mic Night (Don Quixote Club - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm Every Friday is open mic comedy at Don Quixote's! Come see Oklahoma City's up and coming talent. If you're a comedian, sign up begins at 7:30. Show at 8. Stick around for the best karaoke in the city.
  • Chandler Open Rodeo (Tilghman Park - Chandler) Day 1 of 2 The 78th annual Chandler Open Rodeo, hosted by the Chandler Round-Up Club, features traditional rodeo events such as…
  • River Tour (Narrated) (Oklahoma River Cruises - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Escape the Ordinary, learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a drink from the bar. Indulgence and relaxation aren’t the only purpose of this cruise. During the tour you’ll…
  • 🎭 Ruthless - The Musical (The Boom - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp (Douglass High School - Oklahoma City) Last Day Enroll the kids in Thunder Youth Basketball Camp this summer. Held at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, this three-day…
  • 😂 Triple Feature Week Oklahoma City!!! (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) 1 day left
  • Veterans Appreciation (Around the Corner - Edmond) Start Time: 8:00am VETERANS AND CURRENT MILITARY are invited to join Madeline's Flowers, Teleflora, The Downtown Edmond Business Association, The Edmond Chamber of Commerce and Around the Corner for a morning of Veterans Appreciation. A presentation of the Make Someone Smile gift will be presented at 8:15 am followed by a complimentary light breakfast at Around…
  • Western Explorers Summer Camp Preview Day (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am
  • Wheeler Summer Music Series (Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Gather under the Wheeler Ferris Wheel lights as local bands take the stage this summer. Make plans to attend the Wheeler…
  • Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) 1 day left The Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, held annually at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds,…

Saturday, Jul 28th

  • 38 Special in Concert (Starlight Amphitheater @ Frontier City - Oklahoma City) Spend the day splashing in the Renegade Rapids or screaming on the Silver Bullet at Frontier City Theme Park before relaxing…
  • All Fired Up for Kids BBQ Contest (Lake El Reno - El Reno) Bring the whole family to the All Fired Up for Kids BBQ Contest in El Reno. Kids can compete in their own special…
  • Canadian River Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show (Norman) The Canadian River Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show features approximately 150 automobiles and bikes on display for you to…
  • Deep Deuce Sessions (Deep Deuce - Oklahoma City) Best known for its rich history steeped in jazz and blues, the Deep Deuce District has recently revived its historic music…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. El Paso Chihuahuas (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Thru Mon, Jul 30th Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience America's favorite pastime in downtown Oklahoma City as the OKC Dodgers take on the El Paso…
  • George Lopez & DL Hughley (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Riverwind Casino in Norman welcomes comedians George Lopez and DL Hughley to the stage for two hilarious shows. Well known…
  • Ham Holiday (Tower Hotel - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Come out to the annual Ham Holiday hosted by Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs. This Oklahoma City ham radio event offers…
  • Indian Hills Powwow (Oklahoma City) 1 day left The Indian Hills Powwow in Oklahoma City is an exciting Native American gathering that is open and free to the public. Held…
  • Jake Jam (Chisholm Creek - Oklahoma City) The annual Jake Jam summer concert brings Oklahomans together over a shared love of country music. Before the live…
  • Mamma Mia (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Come see the feel-good Broadway smash hit "Mamma Mia!" live at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.…
  • National Day of the Cowboy Celebration (National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Round up your posse and head to the National Day of the Cowboy celebration. Held at the National Cowboy & Western…
  • New World Comic Con (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) No matter what your favorite imprint, suit up and head to the Oklahoma State Fair Park for the New World Comic Con. This…
  • OKC Energy FC vs San Antonio FC (Taft Stadium - Oklahoma City) Experience the excitement of major league soccer in Oklahoma as the Oklahoma City Energy Football Club takes on San Antonio…
  • Chandler Open Rodeo (Tilghman Park - Chandler) Day 2 of 2 The 78th annual Chandler Open Rodeo, hosted by the Chandler Round-Up Club, features traditional rodeo events such as…
  • Riders in the Sky (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) Hearken back to the days of yore when Riders in the Sky bring their salute to western icon Roy Rogers "King of the…
  • 😂 Triple Feature Week Oklahoma City!!! (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Last Day
  • Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Last Day The Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, held annually at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds,…

Sunday, Jul 29th

  • 🏃 2018 Territorial Triathlon (OLY/Sprint) (Lake Guthrie - Guthrie) This race venue is a unique location outside of Guthrie, OK at Guthrie Lake. This lake is a great location for having a Triathlon. Being a no wake lake makes it off limits to jet ski's and other water sports. The race offers an Olympic/Sprint to include M/F Aquabike - Athena-Clydesdale
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. El Paso Chihuahuas (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience America's favorite pastime in downtown Oklahoma City as the OKC Dodgers take on the El Paso…
  • Indian Hills Powwow (Oklahoma City) Last Day The Indian Hills Powwow in Oklahoma City is an exciting Native American gathering that is open and free to the public. Held…
  • Mamma Mia (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Last Day Come see the feel-good Broadway smash hit "Mamma Mia!" live at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.…
  • Sunday Twilight Concert Series (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Bring a lawn chair, a picnic and the whole family to the Sunday Twilight Concert Series on the Myriad Gardens…

Monday, Jul 30th

  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. El Paso Chihuahuas (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience America's favorite pastime in downtown Oklahoma City as the OKC Dodgers take on the El Paso…

Tuesday, Jul 31st

  • Food Truck Tuesdays (Jackson - Blanchard) Every week, treat your taste buds to new flavors. During Food Truck Tuesdays, a different food truck will park in Blanchard…
  • Wheeler Criterium (Oklahoma City) Once the weather starts warming up, gather your crew and head south of the Oklahoma River for the Wheeler Criterium each and…

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What's happening around town (Wed, May 31st - Tue, Jun 6th)

Oklahoma City's event list.

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Wednesday, May 31st

  • 1/2 Price Game Day (Dave & Buster's of OKC - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 11:00am Need a little midweek pick me up? Come to Dave and Buster's for 1/2 Price Game Day, ALL DAY LONG. Come for the games, stay for the amazing food and drinks.
  • 3 Shows! // Shapes // The Amblers // Brain In The Sky (Red Brick Bar - Norman) Start Time: 9:00pm 3 SHOWS!! NO COVER!! Shapes, Springfield MO Rock The Amblers, Chico CA Rock Brain In The Sky, Purcell OK Surfer punk
    21 To Enter, ID Required
  • 🎨 Annual Spring Show artwork by Lu Beard, Beth Hammack, Dodge Hill, Phebe Kallstrom, Margot Holaday, Amy Maguire, John & Marylou M (The Studio Gallery - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 The Studio Gallery, 2646 W. Britton Rd., OKC, is pleased to announce its
    2017 Spring Show Thursday, April 20, 5:30 - 7:30pm.
    The show will feature new works of art by: Lu Beard, Beth Hammack, Dodge Hill,
    Phebe Kallstrom, Margot Holaday, Amy Maguire, John & Marylou Moad,
    Lacy Saak, Mary Lee Smiser, Kay Smith, Jessie Ann Wallentine and…
  • Anthem Drown Night! (HiLo Club - Oklahoma City) Our local friends at Anthem Brewing Co. have some great beers! Every Wednesday night from 9pm to close enjoy $8 Drown Night! Their Power Pils will be flowing!
  • Bi-Weekly Meetup (51st st. Speakeasy - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • 🎭 Creating Claire (Carpenter Square Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 PROVOCATIVE NEW PLAY AT CARPENTER SQUARE
    Carpenter Square Theatre presents "Creating Claire," a comedy-drama by Joe DiPietro, May 12-June 3. All performances of the provocative new play that centers around a family raising an autistic daughter, and pits Faith versus Science, will be at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City. More information…
  • 🎨 Graduation (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Friday, May 5 | 5:30 & 8:30 pm Saturday, May 6 | 5:30 & 8:30 pm Sunday, May 7 | 2 & 5:30 pm Eliza is a promising student with a scholarship to study abroad after she completes her secondary schooling. On the morning before her first exam, she is assaulted on the way to her Transylvania high school. This off-screen act of violence jeopardizes the…
  • Humming House (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm The spotlight on Nashville, with its musical values and timeless traditions, is currently bright. And no band embodies what’s right about 21st century Nashville more completely than the quintet known as Humming House. It’s the way they weave together threads of Music City’ folk, soul, and bluegrass legacies. It’s in the inspirational and…
  • In Designs, Contemporary Abstract by Brian Allan, christopher Pendleton and Stephen St. Claire (Kasum Contemporary Fine Art - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2
  • 😂 Jason Russell (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jun 3rd
  • 🎨 Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and intertribal aesthetics and traditions. Gibson’s art draws thoughtful attention to cultural and historical traditions while affirming their vitality and…
  • Live Music- Lee Rucker Duo (Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Lorna Shore (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm with Bodysnatcher, Extortionist, Hive and All Have Sinned $10/$12
  • 🎨 National Weather Center Biennale Art Show (National Weather Center - Norman) 1 day left Start Time: 7:00am Following on the heels of two successful events, the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma has again partnered with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Norman Arts Council to announce the third National Weather Center Biennale, which opens April 23, 2017 at 1:00pm. The Biennale is free and open to the public daily from 7am…
  • 🎭 A Quiet Passion (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Friday, May 26 | 5:30 & 8:30 pm Saturday, May 27 | 5:30 & 8:30 pm Sunday, May 28 | 2 & 5:30 pm Thursday, June 1 | 5:30 & 8:30 pm Cynthia Nixon ( Sex and the City ) delivers a blistering performance as Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies's A Quiet Passion , an "absolute, drop-dead masterwork," in the words of the New Yorker . In this powerfully…
  • Reading Wednesdays (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am
  • ROBOTIC: with Guests IMAGIST & GHOST DATA (Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • 🎨 Sculptures and paintings by Glen Thomas Exhibit (50 Penn Art Gallery - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Carolyn, please run the following under the Exhibits listings in the May 7th edition of the Oklahoman:
    Sculptures and paintings by Glen Thomas, through June 30th. 50 Penn Place Gallery, 1900 NW Expressway. There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday (May 12th) 848-5567
  • Summer Camps at The Studio - Session 1 (Norman) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am Session One Summer Camps (May 30-June 9) GOTTA SING, GOTTA DANCE Tuition: $250 per session The Neon lights are bright in this camp that lets your performer shine in song and dance. Students will learn what it takes to “perform” musical numbers through song and dance. Each session features a different theme, so performers can learn new…
  • 🎨 Summer Camp Contemporary (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am With a different artist each of 11 weeks and nearly 60 camps for students in K–ninth grade, there’s plenty to explore at bit.ly/OCsummer. Keep kids creative and learning in camps featuring visual arts, music, hip-hop, fiber, clay, performance, robotics and more. Whole Foods Market will provide free healthy snacks for all summer camps.
  • 🏆 SUMMER DAY SKATE (Skate Galaxy - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 11:00am SUMMER DAY SKATE HOURS!!! EVERY WED,THURS, & FRI 11am-2pm Admission is only $6
    we also have summer passes on sale! $30 gets you unlimited admission to all day skate sessions may 31st - aug 11th
  • SummerSummerSummer Time: Plaza Beer Walk with Anthem (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm The last Wednesday of every month, thirsty locals take to the streets of OKC's vibrant Plaza…
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2
  • Works by Abstract/Expressionist Artists MaryAnn Ceballos and Jerry Piper (Contemporary Art Gallery - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2
  • World Otter Day (Oklahoma City Zoo - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00am You “otter” come out and see what our river otters Pip and Rocky are so excited about on Wednesday, May 31. In celebration of World Otter Day, the day will include a 3-hour otter enrichment activity in the Big Rivers Building in Oklahoma Trails’ exhibit to raise awareness for the river otter and share free frozen treats (supplies will be…
  • 🏃 Yoga Flow Level I Very Gentle (Moore Norman Technology Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm Students will learn basic Hatha Yoga asanas (postures), including balancing ones, and smooth, flowing sequences. Flowing sequences, such as Sun Salutations and variations are done linking movement to breath. Abdominal breathing along with other types of breath work will be explored. Basic postures such as Warrior, Pigeon, Spinal Twist,…

Thursday, Jun 1st

  • 2017 Urban Pioneer Awards (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 11:30am
  • 🎨 Afternoon Movie - Zootopia (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 2:00pm Come enjoy "Zootopia" (rated PG): In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Enjoy a movie every Thursday in June and July at 2pm.
  • Art After 5 Roof Terrace (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm OKCMOA’s Roof Terrace gives visitors the ultimate downtown experience every Thursday evening from April through October with live local music, the best views of downtown OKC, a relaxing atmosphere, and a cash bar. (Weather Permitting.) Bands starting at 6 pm-9 pm See website for listings
  • 🎨 Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo - Opening Reception (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 5:30pm Consisting of 41 black-and-white photographs taken between 1988 and 1992, Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo documents the gay rodeo circuit and the lives of many of its participants in those years. The collected body of work not only serves as a stunning example of black-and-white portraiture and rodeo photography, it also explores…
  • 🏆 Dodgers vs Sky Sox (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 4th Start Time: 7:05pm vs Colorado Springs Sky Sox Chaparral Energy Family Sundays / Faith Night
  • Oklahoma City Dream Home Tickets on Sale (Oklahoma City Dream Home - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00am The Oklahoma City St. Jude Dream Home is a community service project to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs they make - the hospital not only treats children from around the world, but also collaborates with physicians in other cities so children everywhere receive the best treatment…
  • 🎨 Family Movie Time (Blanchard Library - Blanchard) Start Time: 10:00am Come to the library to enjoy a family movie matinee. Movie title to be determined see posting at the Blanchard Public Library. The movie will be family-friendly, with a G or PG rating and last at least an hour and half. Relax and Enjoy! Please feel free to bring your pillows, blankets, snacks and a drink.
  • Fat By The Gallon (Blue Note - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00am Fat By The Gallon (Dallas, TX) is coming in to wreck the Note. Let's party! Fat by the Gallon... https://fatbythegallon.bandcamp.com/
  • HubBub Improv (District House - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • 😂 Jason Russell (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jun 3rd
  • 🎨 Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and intertribal aesthetics and traditions. Gibson’s art draws thoughtful attention to cultural and historical traditions while affirming their vitality and…
  • Le Tour de Vin - Artiste et le Vin (Assistance League - Norman) Come to Norman for a one-of-a-kind celebration of wine, food and generosity at Le Tour de Vin. Enjoy fine wine, snacks…
  • 🎨 National Weather Center Biennale Art Show (National Weather Center - Norman) Last Day Start Time: 7:00am Following on the heels of two successful events, the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma has again partnered with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Norman Arts Council to announce the third National Weather Center Biennale, which opens April 23, 2017 at 1:00pm. The Biennale is free and open to the public daily from 7am…
  • OKC Jazz Fest (Bicentennial Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 4th In downtown Oklahoma City, the OKC Jazz Fest takes over the Civic Center Music Hall and Bicentennial Park for four days.…
  • OKC: One Year Celebration (21C Museum Hotel - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm We couldn’t find a thank you card big enough so we’re throwing a party instead. The Oklahoma City community has been a major part of our success. We will be treating you to a new exhibition, live music, art performances and a rockin’ good time. Join us starting at 6pm for an opening reception for our newest exhibition, OFF-SPRING: New…
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Management Support Group (Mental Health Association Oklahoma main office - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience of witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. Some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may even get worse…
  • Redbud Spectacular Horse Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 11th The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association puts on the Redbud Spectacular at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. Competitors show…
  • Skyline Bluegrass Festival (Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center - Shawnee) Thru Sat, Jun 3rd Music lovers of all ages will enjoy the traditional, lively sounds of bluegrass at the annual Skyline Bluegrass Festival…
  • Summer Camps at The Studio - Session 1 (Norman) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am Session One Summer Camps (May 30-June 9) GOTTA SING, GOTTA DANCE Tuition: $250 per session The Neon lights are bright in this camp that lets your performer shine in song and dance. Students will learn what it takes to “perform” musical numbers through song and dance. Each session features a different theme, so performers can learn new…
  • 🎨 Summer Camp Contemporary (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am With a different artist each of 11 weeks and nearly 60 camps for students in K–ninth grade, there’s plenty to explore at bit.ly/OCsummer. Keep kids creative and learning in camps featuring visual arts, music, hip-hop, fiber, clay, performance, robotics and more. Whole Foods Market will provide free healthy snacks for all summer camps.
  • 🏆 SUMMER DAY SKATE (Skate Galaxy - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 11:00am SUMMER DAY SKATE HOURS!!! EVERY WED,THURS, & FRI 11am-2pm Admission is only $6
    we also have summer passes on sale! $30 gets you unlimited admission to all day skate sessions may 31st - aug 11th
  • Summer Salads Cooking Class (Moore Norman Technology Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Keep your kitchen cool this summer and enjoy preparing a variety of summer salads and dressings. You will sample the prepared salads and receive recipes.
  • Survivors of Suicide Support Group (Mental Health Association Oklahoma main office - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Nearly 31,000 people take their own lives each year. As a survivor – a family member or friend of the victim – you may need help coming to terms with suicide. This group offers the opportunity to share, listen, teach and learn with others also overcoming the loss of a loved one. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at…
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Oklahoma Shakespeare In The Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jun 24th Get outside for a delightful evening of summer theater when the Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Company brings The…
  • 🍴 Wine for the People: 2017 Dates (Vast - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:30pm Our Wine for the People events at V2 were initiated to provide the public with more access to the wines of the world, created “for the people” as a means of heightening wine knowledge. Every other month, we highlight a new region's wines for a complete, "global" education, while introducing you to great wines for $20-$30. We hope you'll…
  • 🏃 Zumba: Flag Day (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 6:00pm Join us for Zumba, a combination of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system. Flag Day is observed on June 14th in the United States. Let's celebrate and wear red, white and blue! Zumba meets every Thursday evening at 6 pm, so be sure to join us every week. Participants must sign a waiver at…

Friday, Jun 2nd

  • Charlie Christian International Music Festival (Deep Deuce - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 The Charlie Christian International Music Festival is a fun-filled, two-day event that celebrates the musical…
  • 🏆 Dodgers vs Sky Sox (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 4th Start Time: 7:05pm vs Colorado Springs Sky Sox Chaparral Energy Family Sundays / Faith Night
  • First Friday Gallery Walk (Paseo Arts District - Oklahoma City) The First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District occurs on the first Friday of every month. Friday night…
  • H&8th Night Market (Elemental Coffee - Oklahoma City) Once a year, gourmet food trucks, musicians and local businesses come together for the annual H&8th Night Market in…
  • 😂 Jason Russell (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) 1 day left
  • Le Tour de Vin - Wine & Dine (The Sooner Theatre - Norman) Come to Norman for a one-of-a-kind celebration of wine, food and generosity at Le Tour de Vin. Enjoy fine wine, snacks…
  • Night Ranger in Concert (Grand Casino Hotel & Resort - Shawnee) Pick up tickets to catch a live set by Night Ranger as they pay a visit to Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee.…
  • OKC Jazz Fest (Bicentennial Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 4th In downtown Oklahoma City, the OKC Jazz Fest takes over the Civic Center Music Hall and Bicentennial Park for four days.…
  • Oklahoma Route 66 Corvette Round Up (Hafer Park - Edmond) Day 1 of 2 Browse row after row of impressive classic cars at the Oklahoma Route 66 Corvette Round Up in Edmond. This event…
  • Peter and the Wolf and Cinderella (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Oklahoma City Dance Centre invites you to their annual performance at the OKC Civic Center Music Hall! This year, they're presenting a double bill of two great family classics, both set to music by Sergei Prokofiev. Witness the OKC Dance Ensemble perform the narrated children's story ballet of Peter and the Wolf, the lively tale of a brave boy…
  • 🏃 Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic (Automobile Alley - Oklahoma City) The Oklahoma City ProAm Classic Criterium is a full day of high energy racing for both the amateur and elite cyclist. Staged in Automobile Alley in the heart of OKC it offers an exciting atmosphere the whole family can enjoy.
    http://okcpac.com With over $20K up for grabs, you can bet the who's who of cycling will be circling June 2nd, in…
  • Oklahoma City Pro Am Classic (Central Oklahoma City - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 4th Dedicate your weekend to food, fun, fuel and entertainment at Oklahoma City Pro Am Classic, a three-day cycling…
  • Redbud Spectacular Horse Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 11th The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association puts on the Redbud Spectacular at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. Competitors show…
  • Skyline Bluegrass Festival (Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center - Shawnee) 1 day left Music lovers of all ages will enjoy the traditional, lively sounds of bluegrass at the annual Skyline Bluegrass Festival…
  • El Reno Small Town Weekend (El Reno) Thru Sun, Jun 4th Bring the family to a weekend of festivities during El Reno's Small Town Weekend celebration. Held rain or…
  • Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival (Eastlake Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 The Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival features a variety of storytelling styles and genres, including prairie…
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Oklahoma Shakespeare In The Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jun 24th Get outside for a delightful evening of summer theater when the Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Company brings The…

Saturday, Jun 3rd

  • Arbor House Car & Motorcycle Show (Mustang) Save the date for the Arbor House Car & Motorcycle Show in Mustang. The second annual show will offer concessions, a…
  • Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale (Will Rogers Exhibition Center - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Make your way to the annual Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale next time you're in need of a low maintenance way…
  • Charlie Christian International Music Festival (Deep Deuce - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 The Charlie Christian International Music Festival is a fun-filled, two-day event that celebrates the musical…
  • Chisholm Trail & Crawfish Festival (Kirkpatrick Family Farm - Yukon) Enjoy a taste of Louisiana at the Chisholm Trail & Crawfish Festival in Yukon. This annual outdoor event celebrates…
  • 🏆 Dodgers vs Sky Sox (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 7:05pm vs Colorado Springs Sky Sox Chaparral Energy Family Sundays / Faith Night
  • 😂 Jason Russell (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Last Day
  • Junk Utopia (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Search through someone else’s trash for your next treasure at the Junk Utopia Show in Oklahoma City. Whether…
  • Le Tour de Vin - Grand Tasting (NCED Hotel & Conference Center - Norman) Come to Norman for a one-of-a-kind celebration of wine, food and generosity at Le Tour de Vin. Enjoy fine wine, snacks…
  • Mural Hop (Lyric at the Plaza - Oklahoma City) Taste craft beers produced by some of Oklahoma's top breweries while scoping out some of the most vibrant Plaza…
  • Mural Hop Beer Tasting (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 4:00pm
  • 🏃 OKC Great Amazing Race 1.5M Adventure Run/Walk for Adults & Kids (Mitch Park - Edmond) Modeled after TV show, THE GREAT AMAZiNG RACE (GAR), features teams of two people racing around an obstacle course in competition with other teams. Clue cards provided at each station directs teams to perform a task (together) before advancing to next station. How well teammates work together (collaborate & communicate) is the most essential…
  • OKC Jazz Fest (Bicentennial Park - Oklahoma City) 1 day left In downtown Oklahoma City, the OKC Jazz Fest takes over the Civic Center Music Hall and Bicentennial Park for four days.…
  • Oklahoma Route 66 Corvette Round Up (Hafer Park - Edmond) Day 2 of 2 Browse row after row of impressive classic cars at the Oklahoma Route 66 Corvette Round Up in Edmond. This event…
  • Peter and the Wolf and Cinderella (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Oklahoma City Dance Centre invites you to their annual performance at the OKC Civic Center Music Hall! This year, they're presenting a double bill of two great family classics, both set to music by Sergei Prokofiev. Witness the OKC Dance Ensemble perform the narrated children's story ballet of Peter and the Wolf, the lively tale of a brave boy…
  • Oklahoma City Pro Am Classic (Central Oklahoma City - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Dedicate your weekend to food, fun, fuel and entertainment at Oklahoma City Pro Am Classic, a three-day cycling…
  • Red Brick Nights (Oklahoma Ave & Wentz Ave - Guthrie) From May to September, look forward to Guthrie's monthly Red Brick Nights, the town's food truck and live…
  • Redbud Spectacular Horse Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 11th The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association puts on the Redbud Spectacular at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. Competitors show…
  • Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 The Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show at Oklahoma State Fair Park in OKC features vendors with reptile pets,…
  • Reve Tour OKC (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 12:00pm Don Benjamin is bringing his ReveTour to OKC! Come shop over 20 local boutiques and experience ANTM Celebrities and Victoria Secret Model Brittney ShaRaun hit the runway. Power 103.5 will face off against our ReveTour Celebrities in a once-in-a-lifetime Celebrity BasketBall Game, and for the first time ever Kid Ink will debut his new ablum 7…
  • Route 66 Triathlon (Lake El Reno - El Reno) Day 1 of 2 The Route 66 Triathlon held at Lake El Reno is a draw for athletes throughout the region and surrounding states. Test…
  • 🏃 The See Spot Run (300 W. Harrison Ave. - Guthrie)
  • Skyline Bluegrass Festival (Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center - Shawnee) Last Day Music lovers of all ages will enjoy the traditional, lively sounds of bluegrass at the annual Skyline Bluegrass Festival…
  • El Reno Small Town Weekend (El Reno) 1 day left Bring the family to a weekend of festivities during El Reno's Small Town Weekend celebration. Held rain or…
  • Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival (Eastlake Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 The Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival features a variety of storytelling styles and genres, including prairie…
  • Storytime (District House - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Oklahoma Shakespeare In The Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jun 24th Get outside for a delightful evening of summer theater when the Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Company brings The…
  • Touch-A-Truck (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Pack the kids into your car and head to the University of Central Oklahoma for the annual Touch-A-Truck event. Children…
  • Wines of the West (Stockyards City - Oklahoma City) Visit historic Stockyards City in Oklahoma City for Wines of the West Festival. Sample some of Oklahoma's finest…

Sunday, Jun 4th

  • Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale (Will Rogers Exhibition Center - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Make your way to the annual Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale next time you're in need of a low maintenance way…
  • 🏆 Dodgers vs Sky Sox (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 7:05pm vs Colorado Springs Sky Sox Chaparral Energy Family Sundays / Faith Night
  • Move Beyond - Live on Tour (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Following the sold-out successes of both its 2014 inaugural run and a fan-demanded sophomore run in 2015, Move Live on Tour, featuring powerhouse duo JULIANNE & DEREK HOUGH, is back and better than ever in 2017 with an all-new experience - MOVE BEYOND - LIVE ON TOUR.
  • OKC Jazz Fest (Bicentennial Park - Oklahoma City) Last Day In downtown Oklahoma City, the OKC Jazz Fest takes over the Civic Center Music Hall and Bicentennial Park for four days.…
  • Peace, Love & Goodwill Festival (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) The Peace, Love & Goodwill Festival showcases some of the best local and regional chefs, artists and musicians in an…
  • Oklahoma City Pro Am Classic (Central Oklahoma City - Oklahoma City) Last Day Dedicate your weekend to food, fun, fuel and entertainment at Oklahoma City Pro Am Classic, a three-day cycling…
  • Redbud Spectacular Horse Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 11th The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association puts on the Redbud Spectacular at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. Competitors show…
  • Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 The Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show at Oklahoma State Fair Park in OKC features vendors with reptile pets,…
  • Route 66 Triathlon (Lake El Reno - El Reno) Day 2 of 2 The Route 66 Triathlon held at Lake El Reno is a draw for athletes throughout the region and surrounding states. Test…
  • El Reno Small Town Weekend (El Reno) Last Day Bring the family to a weekend of festivities during El Reno's Small Town Weekend celebration. Held rain or…
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Oklahoma Shakespeare In The Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jun 24th Get outside for a delightful evening of summer theater when the Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Company brings The…

Monday, Jun 5th

  • Milk Moms (Thrive Mama Collective - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Pint Night at The Mule (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm Come try a new brew and keep the glass while you're at it!
  • Public Access: Open Mic Mondays (District House - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Got talents? Come rock the mic.
  • Redbud Spectacular Horse Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 11th The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association puts on the Redbud Spectacular at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. Competitors show…
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Oklahoma Shakespeare In The Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jun 24th Get outside for a delightful evening of summer theater when the Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Company brings The…

Tuesday, Jun 6th

  • 🏆 NCAA Women's College World Series VIP Packages (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 12:00am
  • OKC Energy FC vs Phoenix Rising FC (Taft Stadium - Oklahoma City) Experience the excitement of major league soccer in Oklahoma as the Oklahoma City Energy Football Club takes on Phoenix…
  • Redbud Spectacular Horse Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 11th The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association puts on the Redbud Spectacular at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. Competitors show…
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Oklahoma Shakespeare In The Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jun 24th Get outside for a delightful evening of summer theater when the Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Company brings The…
  • Wheeler Criterium (Oklahoma City) Once the weather starts warming up, gather your crew and head south of the Oklahoma River for the Wheeler Criterium each…

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Wednesday, Jun 1st

Thursday, Jun 2nd

  • Afternoon Movie: The Blind Side (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 2:00pm Come enjoy "The Blind Side" (rated PG-13): The true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American teen, taken in by the Touhy family, who help him fulfill his potential as an NFL…
  • 😂 Alex Reymundo (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Thru Sat, Jun 4th
  • Artisans Present Public Art 101 (Plaza District) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Barks, Books, and Buddies (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 6:30pm Did you know dogs love to be read to? Well, they do! Especially by kids. Reading to dogs gives children essential extra practice with reading and oral skills. Come and read to a…
  • 🎓 Norman Central - Minecraft for Kids (Norman Public Library - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 3:00pm Have you ever wondered how electronics work? How the great variety of gadgets that go into modern life are imagined, constructed, and programmed? Then this is the class for you! Tweens can…
  • 🎡 Norman Central - Readers' Extravaganza (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Join us for Norman Public Library Central's 9th Annual Reader's Extravaganza, a mini book festival for Adults and Teens. Find out what's new, what's popular, and what is getting the latest…
  • 🎓 Norman Central - Science Café (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 7:00pm Science cafes are a nation-wide grassroots movement that feature a casual meeting environment where plain language and inclusive conversation create a comfortable atmosphere for people with…
  • 🎓 Norman Central - Web Design for Teens (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 10:00am Have you ever wondered about the marvels of the World Wide Web? Come spend some time learning, from the ground up, how to build a webpage from scratch - and how to make it awesome! This…
  • 🎡 Charlie Christian International Music Festival (Deep Deuce) Thru Sun, Jun 5th The Charlie Christian International Music Festival is a fun-filled, six-day event that celebrates the musical…
  • 🍴 Christians on Campus Thursday Dinner and Fellowship (University of Oklahoma - Norman) Start Time: 6:30pm Every Thursday we come together for dinner and fellowship in God's word. Come hear the riches of Christ ministered from the Scriptures that can be applied to your everyday life. Also meet…
  • 🎨 David Steele Overholt in the Showroom (Oklahoma Contemporary) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 11:00am In One Ear … is a kaleidoscopic study of broadcast media's influence on forming and keeping relationships. In the new media installation by David Steele Overholt, a generatively formed loop…
  • Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Memphis Redbirds (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark) Start Time: 7:05pm
  • 🎨 Drink and Draw (Okay See) Start Time: 8:00pm Drink & Draw is hosted every Thursday at either Brass Bell Studios, The Okay See, or Tree & Leaf from 8-11pm.
    Here is the weekly schedule:
    1st Thursday: The Okay See
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[Table] IAmA: All Redditors ask a Full blooded Native American (Navajo & Choctaw, Mississippi Band) anything

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For my own curiosity, what is your opinion on the use of the terms Native American vs. Indian vs. American Indian? Also, what is your opinion regarding the Cleveland Indians, Washington Redskins, etc.? Edit: I mean their names, not how well do you think the teams will do this year. Simply put... I think all this "Mascot racism" stuff over the past 7 years or so is complete horse shit. If you want to call your team the Redskins, or Indians, Brave, Seminoles, Fighting Souix or even Ole Miss Rebels, I do not find it offensive. If you want to call a basketball team The Niggers, or WOPs, etc. I will have an issue with it. Washington Redskins is far less offensive (to me) than Washington Savages or Washington Squaws. As long as you don't give 'Native American' a bad reputation or insult the people, go ahead. I hope you see what i am getting at because it is exactly how I feel about 'Native American v. American Indian v. Indian'. Only issue i have with Indian is I get confused sometimes which Indian people are referring to. Even better, if you have a friend and you know what tribe they belong to it is best to refer to them by tribe as opposed to Native American, Indian, etc.
Well, that makes a lot of sense as to why there is so much animosity towards those who do work with human remains. Thank you for taking the time to explain all that to me. So, what areas are you planning on focusing on in your own studies? Are you going to focus on the Navajo, another tribe, or modern western culture/one of the many sub-cultures? I am hugely interested in the 'supernatural' stories and beliefs of South Western Tribes and hopefully validate/invalidate the superstitions of these tribes, then hopefully do the same with a handful of few remaining tribal communities in the world.
How much money do get for being Native American, if any? Also, do you have any body hair? Where? And how much? I am enrolled as both Navajo and Choctaw (Miss. Band). I get no royalties from the Navajo and probably never will simply because the Navajo census is way to large. As a Choctaw, they state I must be 3/4 or more Choctaw blood to receive royalties. My father receives funds from Mississippi Choctaw, but it isn't more than 6 or 7 thousand twice a year. As for the body hair, well, i have only slightly more hair now than i did when i was 10. When i TRY to grow my beard and 'stache it ends up being slightly patchy, short but with very thick and straight strands. I have some hair on my arms, bit more on my legs. Nothing on my chest, and the funniest treasure trail in the world, its literally like a dozen strands. HAHA! But i have known many Native females that have never had to shave their legs, ever!
Woah i had no idea native americans dont have body hair but now that im thinking about it i guess ive never seen a native american with a full beard. They are out there, by dad can grow a real nice beard but i can not neither could my grandfather (fraternal)
Very interesting! Do you do things like fish or hunt out of season? I do not sir. I am a very law abiding citizen. To do so would be very unethical (all man-laws aside) according to how i was raised. I do love to hunt and fish though. The 31st of May and 30th of June are deadlines for permit applications. I do love my guns and my bow, as much as I love all wildlife. I also hate beef steak, I feel I have been spoiled by the best venison on this green and blue marble. This makes Autumn the best time of the year for me! (ATTN. ALL READERS: This is my opinion and my life style, i do not mistreat or mutilate living beings, as such i ask all 'PETA' and 'Gun Politics' comments kept to self. EXCEPTION, if the afore mentioned topics/issues are presented in a respectful manner.)
Hmm.. I thought it was legal for Native Americans to hunt/fish whenever they wanted. Do you have a typical Native American accent? Because that's how I've been reading your posts. No, I have a typical accent, if anything it leans more towards Northern Louisiana and Coastal Mississippi.
No disrespect, merely my own ignorance asking here - It has seemed to me that Native Americans often choose not to integrate with the rest of American society. Is that true, and to what extent, and why? Why don't people leave to go to a city? Why don't they go to college when there are shortages of doctors and laywers - is there a lack of interest, or perhaps pressure against 'ditching your community'? Do you think that Native Americans' rights are being respected and properly represented in the government? Coming from Canada, do you know much about Canadian tribes' lifestyles and issues, and how would you compare them (aside from weather-related differences, haha)? I nothing about the 'First People' as Canada puts it. No disrespect, playful sarcasm is rough to translate through text. -When i was taught about my heritage it was mad clear that "We" have a very rich culture and language and when "We" lose those two things we lose who "we" are as a people. However, I have learned as have my older siblings that it is possible to live not in One world but in Two worlds. One being the traditions of our people while being very active in one's community. (This is from myself, people of the same town are raised differently. Please do not generalize too much) -I left for "the City" for a Higher Education, as did my three older siblings. My Father left Mississippi to attend Az. St. Univ. then joined the Marine Corp. In my family we all agree that options and opportunities are abound off the reservation. I personally am still trying to make my way to a position to legitimately aid my people in their hardships. My Brother has a PhD. in Microbiology and Immunology, my two sister are Nurse Practitioners and one of them is aslo a SSgt. In USMC. Other people may leave for marriage or the "glam' life they see on TV. Basically reservations can be a hard place to get ahead. That being said, education is poor. A lot of kids i went to high school and lower with (no matter ethnicity) saw very little incentive in competing High School much less Higher Education. With many being from very very poor families, drugs and gangs (crime) is an easy means to money. -I do not believe Native American Tribes are being respected or represented as Sovereign Nations should be.
Really interesting, thanks for your answers! No worries. Thanks for stopping by.
I'm a Black American (descendant from slaves) and I fell that Native Americans had it worst then we did because Native Americans had their land stolen, had several wars with the federal gov't, forced on reservations, tons of broken treaties and then the children taken and sent to boarding schools to remove their cultural identity. *Is it difficult to watch or read things about Native history without getting angry at white people? *How do you feel about Johnny Depp playing Tonto in the Long ranger movie? *How do you feel about people viewing all Native Americans as very spiritual? To be absolutely honest, I mean zero disrespect but i feel full disclosure is key in an IAMA, there is a shade of history on my Mississippi side that owned some slaves. I am sorry about that fact and in no way am I proud of it. As far as Hollywood goes they get it wrong pretty much every time, so i do not blame them. I do kind of resent Mr. Depp for playing an 'Indian' in an already super racist old time show. He was in the town I lived in for a while, while he they were filming that very movie.
Hi, Thank you so much for this AmA. I'm thoroughly interested in this subject, although I feel I know almost nothing about current Native Americans, and very little about pre-Columbus America. (I'm European, and learned mostly European history.) I have a whole bunch of questions, here's a few from the top of my head. What are the most important parts of your culture, to you, and how do they play a part in your life. Would you consider yourself 'spiritual'? - How do you feel about American society as a whole? - Did you read the book "Black Elk Speaks" (Link to www.cliffsnotes.com and if you did, what did you think of it? are there any good books/movies that portray the live and culture of Native Americans? - you mention problems with alcoholism and drugs, and give Meth as an example. What are your views on 'natural' drugs such as Peyote, and is used much on the reservations. (compared to other hard drugs.) - do you have any tattoos or jewellery that you wear regularly that could identify you as a Native American? Thanks in advance for any answers. A EURO!!! Y'all are the folks I was hoping for. (Navajo Point of View) (1)For me, and I believe others would agree, the most important parts of our culture is our language. The reason being, the Language itself relates to the area Navajos live(d) in. The most important reason language is so vital is many Native American Tribes pass knowledge including; history, morality stories, and most importantly the Origin Stories. When the language is lost all identity follows. On the subject of faith, I am an Atheist, though I do certain things out of respect of my people and the animals that feed me. This is a rough subject for most Navajos because Navajos are very superstitious. (2)I write volumes on my feelings of the American nation as a whole. (If you want to be a bit more specific on this subject i can try and answer more clearly) (3)I have read Black Elk Speaks, I feel it is more of an Ethnography rather than the personal interviews they make it seem to be. If you want one Ethnography, look for Keith Basso "Wisdom Sits in Places...". this show a great but dry interpretation of why language and landscape link with origin stories for some. Or simply why a mountain is called a specific name in Apache. As for novels I recommend authors; Vine Deloria, Sherman Alexie, Miguel Mendoza and Winona LaDuke among others. (4) I personally loved masculine when i was a few years younger. I feel as though a lot of people think every tribe uses 'drugs' in their ceremonies. The usage of peyote began in mid & northern Sonoran desert, but peyote seemed to migrate with European (in this case Spanish) 'exploration' Fewer tribes use peyote than you may think, so no, peyote is by far the least used drug. Alcohol, Heroin and Meth are the worst devils. (5) I where nothing that would identify me instantly as Native American from day to day, however When I do my suit on or a Tux, I will throw on a small Turquoise choker and a Turquoise and silver bracelet.
As an atheist and anthropologist any comments of 'Indian Creationism' (yes, I'm wikipedia0ing the crap out of this.) (Link to en.wikipedia.org. Indian creationism and their 'Creation Stories' is a huge part of every tribe. Just as with western Creationism, it was used to explain away many mysteries the stories also served as an avenue by which morality and personal conduct was taught to the children. I respect and am even amazed by these 'Creation' stories. Also, some tribes Creationism can actually be tracked and traced better than those of larger world religions.
Great! thanks for the book tips! If you have some link to some of your writings that you feel most proud of, I'd love to read it. But what I was wondering was your perspective on American culture from a Navajo perspective. - Do some Native Americans (i can imagine especially older people) still see the Americans as invaders. How do you feel about people proudly tracing their lineage to the mayflower, and the celebration of Columbus day and Thanks giving? Do you feel proud of the resistance your ancestor gave to the colonists? - What about Free market economy and consumerism compared to a more balanced lifestyle, with respect towards sustainability and nature. - What about the Red Power Movement? Would you like to tell a little about your Mescaline experiences. - what music do you listen to? - strange question, just curious. Elders still have a huge lack of trust in white people. Columbus day is fine, i won't expect people to not celebrate it however I personally find it offensive. Its almost like Jewish folks celebrating Kristallnacht. I feel everybody should take the time and learn your heritage and where you come from. I have very proud not only the resistance tribes created I am also very proud of the progress we have made for ourselves but we still have a long way to go as Tribes. -I like pretty much all genres excluding most of all new music like Dubstep and newer hip hop.
Do you think there might be truth to some of the claims, from a creationists point of view, like that the Indians might not have migrated over the Bering Bridge, and that the people on the American continent have been living there longer than, or as long as people in Africa and Europe? By following the movement and distribution of older Parent languages through the world, one can see the path of migrations of the tribes in the US. But I do believe this migration happened far earlier in human history than most people think.
Do you have experience with living on a reservation? Any interesting stories? What is the most common stereotype about Native Americans you'd like to debunk, and/or is there any stereotype you think is totally on-point accurate? I lived 2/3rds of my life on the Navajo Rez. and the other 3rds In New Orleans and the Pearl River Rez in Mississippi. As far as stories go, there are so, so many. I have personal stories of being in the stick and coming upon very very odd things. Ancient ruins, petroglyphs and stories of the supernatural. I can not really speak on stereotypes simply because there are so many assumptions that fly around. American stereo type is different from Non-American view. Too add to that, stereotypes trend for decades then a new stereotype trend begins and the cycle continues. What are some assumptions/ stereotypes are you familiar with, and i can answer from there.
OH i have a question since you lived in NO- in general, are native americans in NO okay with the mardi gras 'indians'??? Yea, most folks don't have an opinion either way. A lot of young Natives try to follow USA social norms so as not to stand out more than they already do.
Do you currently live on a rez? What's your occupation? How do you feel about people who claim their American Indian by 1/4? 1/8? Have you read Scalped? I do not live on the Rez. I am currently a Univ. Student working part time jobs. Claim it if you want, if i know you well enough as a friend i may question you about your heritage but everyone else, MEH. I have not read Scalped, i keep hearing about it over the years. Maybe a trip to the Library may be in order.
You'll have better luck finding it at a comic book store. Or you can pirate it, but you'll probably end up buying it if you do. It's basically The Wire on a reservation. Also, how do girls react when you tell them you're Navajo/Chocktaw? They are at first -> "Whoa! Really!?! I thought you were (insert random race)." And then they get curious, they start to ask about stereotypes, or what its like to go hunting "like a real indian"-Ms.Ex. Things like that. It seemed that in my University courses people where amazed, professors included, at how out-spoken and opinionated I was. A lot of Native American kids from reservations feel small, lonely and like an out cast. The University kids are the same, very smart people but too afraid to speak up or be noticed.
How is the Silver Star doing? I used to go there a bunch when I was at State, but now the place is just depressing. Is the Golden Moon still closed all week? Yea. Golden Moon is still mostly closed during the Weekdays. I have not been down that way since this time last year. The Silver Star is well the Silver Star, trying to stay above water. The water park in Pearl River is pretty much dead. But get this, last year a 3rd casino was opened up. PS. Hoddy toddy gosh ol' mighty who the hell are we... bim bam, flim flam Ole' Miss. by damn. GO Rebs!
I hate to tell you this, but ya'll ain't the rebs anymore. Ya'll are now the teddy bears. Damn shame ya'll didn't become the fighting Ackbars though. Ole Miss is the school of 80% of my family. I went to U. of Az. It pisses me off with all the 'Mascot racism' stuff that goes on. Admiral Ackbar was dope for the few weeks they had him.
I just looked at the new casino, and that is ridiculous. Putting it on I-20 would make sense. But that is so close to the coast, I can't see it drawing anything but locals, in a part of the state with poor and few locals. I agree, i totally agree. There is a lot of spending going on down there, unnecessary.
Do you get to go to college for free? HOLY SHIT!!! I wish, I did well enough, academically, to over come my parents' high income and still receive enough 'merit' scholarships (only two of which came from being Native American, which would only cover books) to pay for 2/3 of College, and once i claimed independent on my taxes i was eligible for 'need' based scholarships. So basically i went the route most Americans do.
Did you ever consider going to SIPI in Albuquerque? Correct me if I am wrong, but don't Indians get a free ride there, no matter what? I never cared for SIPI or the Johnson O'Malley program, i got a better education with less than 10k out of pocket paid. Academic scholarships is the way i went and I am happy!
Wait, I thought if you were a majority or certain % that you were entitled to a free ride? That is a big negative little buddy. Scholarships like that come from smaller, wealthier tribe. Check out the Pequot, now those kids get crazy loot. Being from such a large tribe (Navajo) with very, very little intake compared to its overhead as a Nation, 99% of scholarships are need based 1st, merit based 2nd and these scholarships are only a couple thousand a semester.
I didn't realize they were handed out by the tribe itself. I figured it was given away by the government or maybe school. The money comes from the 'Tribe' and Federal Gov't, but all recognized North American tribes are under the real of Federal Law, citizens mainly. So in the end the smaller the tribe the more 'non profit' intake like casinos, the more money the folks get in royalties. It all goes through the Federal Gov't.
Is Elizabeth Warren a native American just because she claims she has "high cheekbones" ... or does she need to have actual native American ancestors to be a native American? Linage is important, very important. People can claim what they want. Hell, my Grandfather, as a code talker in WWII was mistaken for Japanese because of his high cheek bones. Many Asian & Indo-China folks have high cheek bones.
So, just because someone's mom told them they were Cherokee, and they have high cheekbones, if the only people in their lineage are actual white people, then they're not Native Americans and shouldn't claim they are just because they have high cheekbones. Do I have that right? Almost. I feel any body can claim anything they choose, in this case Native American, just as long as they do not give 'Us' a bad name. To not be such an ass hole but it seems if you want to claim heritage it always seems Cherokee is the 'go-to' tribe. I will not look down on any one who claims native blood, i just won't take them too serious in the 'Indian" department.
Have you seen the movie Smoke Signals? How accurate is that? The run down town and mobile home trailers are pretty accurate. The rest of the movie is largely North Dakota fact based satire. However, the underlying family and cultural issues are very relevant.
I feel like in school i was only taught about native americans in a historical context. and at summer camps the bunks would use tribe names. that is all the exposure i had to native americans and i had really no idea about reservations until i was a teenager. I feel more and more that the reason I did this IAMA was not on a whim but more instead to inform. Do you have any curiosities or questions (don't worry about offending w/ questions)
What's proved the most helpful bit of wisdom to come from your cultural relationship with elder members of your family/families? Patience for all, observation of all and respect for all. Sounds like a cheesy paraphrase I know.
Indian Gaming...your thoughts? Here in MN the disparity between tribes is immense...age, wealth, health, death rates, drug issues, etc....your thoughts? I don't know where to start with Tribal Gaming. Personally I have always been against it for both Navajo and Choctaw simply because all the money I saw that would go in to those casinos is local money. The local people have enough issues as it is. Problem gambling has become a serious issue as a result. As someone who is familiar with Tribal Law I see how that money is supposed to be allocated and utilized but no law can deter corruption. Disparity is every where friend and this has always been an issue. I feel the federal Gov't is neglecting their obligations example being Indian Health Services.
A few years back there was a big deal about how the "Native American" gene marker had been isolated, and that it was now possible to get a DNA test to prove/disprove any Indian heritage and what percentage a person is. How does this make you feel? Does it cheapen the notion of being a part of a proud group of people, or is it a good thing that people can learn what makes up their heritage? I believe everyone should learn of their 'roots'. I can trace my family tree back many many many many decades, but this was important in both Navajo and Choctaw (Miss. Band) tribes, to help avoid in breading. Just as the Jewish folks have clans we Navajo also have clans. This was a way to curb inbreeding (check out European Blue blood). Today, with modern science, techniques and equipment I would love to see what ladder my Mitochondrial DNA ascended.
I've always known that linage is important for Indians, and to hear that it helps prevent inbreeding, it makes perfect sense. Any thoughts on why Cherokee is the "go to" for people claim as an Indian? I can only give you my ASSUMPTION on the subject of "Cherokee, the go-to tribe". I believe this happens because Cherokee is one if not the most well known tribes. To add tho my opinion i believe the fact that it is an East Coastal where much procreation was had, thus 'soiled' the Cherokee blood (as seen by some) . On an off note, Afro-American folks love claiming "Indian" heritage to explain their weaves. (this is racist and generalized, i admit wrong)
I am curious, what are your religious beliefs and what is your philosophy of life? My father was raised southern Baptist, my late mother was baptized as Catholic but my father and my father's best friend taught me traditions of the Navajo, however I AM AN ATHEIST. My philosophy, learned from Navajo tradition, is basically Be patient will all, observer everything, respect all.
I'm interested in Native language revival. Do a large portion of Choctaw and Navajo speak the language? What do you think could be done to improve language revival? Also, what types of problems do you see young teens and families face on the reservation? Do you feel there is something that can be done to alleviate these problems? Thanks for sharing your opinion! Language revival is some what of a 'myth' as far as i am concerned. A very small portion of both tribes speak the language fluently. (2) One of the biggest problems I have seen is lack of 'Quality' teachers. Teachers who instill motivation and academic confidence would be a great start, but the funding some of the schools on and near Reservations are lacking as the classes are overflowing, it is hard to say what could help.
Fellow Navajo here. What movies, books, etc do you connect with more as a Native American Indian that you suggest non-natives watch or read? I think some movies get closer than others to understanding what we are really thinking or what we believe. Are there some that are terrible and not worth the time? The Dine are not understood enough out to have a film done correctly, but i do have a friend that is trying to convey the low parts of the Rez. Sherman Alexie and Vine De Loria along with Scott O'Dell. These are not ethnographies, these are novels. They seep hard lives in their written words. Read a few, or even watch a a video titled after the book "The Art of Fancy Dancing" There are soo many movies not worth the time. The previous are better resources.
Do you hate the rest of Americans? Are you a US citizen? I was born American have technical dual citizenship and no, I do not hate the rest of America or the world.
On this note, are you learning either of the languages as an adult? Would you make an effort to have your (future) children learn them? I had to take 3 semesters of Navajo to be eligible for a few scholarships, but these languages are amazingly difficult to learn. If it is at all possible i would love for my kids to learn the languages when they are young.
Are you excited to see Assassin's Creed III and how Connor, portrays Natives? What's your feelings about ubisoft making a 1/2 mohawk, 1/2 english main character? All I understood was Assassin's Creed III.
If you have ever seen Star Trek: Voyager, what is your opinion on Chakotay? Sorry friend, I have never watched Star Trek... No need as a Star Wars die-hard! soooooooo FUCK YOU TREKKIE. HAHA. all love. (star wars)
What are your feelings about the game portraying a 1/2 native american 1/2 englishman character during the revolutionary war? Never played it man. Sorry, I just know the Assassin's Creed Title. Inform me, por favor.
It hasn't came out yet, here's some of the spoilers, Link to gamerant.com. I would have to experience it in more depth to make an opinion.
It comes out on halloween this year. My appeal to it is A) it is a game B) it has problems to solve that are almost on par with First 3 Res. Evil. (opinion from shitty gamer)
I looked and read a little further into the ACIII, concept of duality seems to be the overwhelming theme, or the conflict there in.
How does tribe names work? Does such a thing even exist? Collect yourself and try again...
Do native american tribes have some sort of naming customs that are only for the members of said tribe, kind of like a community accepted nickname other than your official name or there is no such thing and your only name si your legal name that is or could be as generic as say, John Smith. Nicknames are used just as most other people use them. There is nothing special or separate for Native Americans.
Do you belive in aliens :o? Fuck yes... the simple probabilities say it is pretty much impossible for there not to be at the very least one other intelligent life out there... somewhere.
What was it like growing up with Elizabeth Warren? I would not know.
Do different tribes have different nations, or is the Sovereign Nation just everybody lumped together? Every Federally Recognized tribe is a Sovereign Nation to itself.
What are you views on immigration? Do you feel like your NA lineage gives you some authority on this subject? Immigration is a subject i speak volumes on but to be short and sweet. I believe immigration is ok but as immigrants they need to take the effort to contribute the the growth of the country instead of sapping it senselessly.
Where I live (Southern California) the Native-americans and mexicans hate each other. My question would be why would you think this would be? Also what is one misconception about Native-Americans that the general public is wrong about? I would attribute the conflict between Chicano and Indio racial 'strong in numbers'. Sorry i am not too familiar with So. Cal tribe too much... the mix down there is so mixed.
Sorry if this was answered already, it's a long and interesting thread! You mentioned gangs...Are the still any rivalries between tribes? Your mother and father are from two different tribes, was there any pressure from their parents to marry within the same tribe/do you know of any examples of this? Violent rivalries are pretty much dead, but friendly competition is very healthy among US Tribes (basketball, football pow wows and such).
I forgot to ask you what do you believe in as in religion or belief system? I am an Atheist but i do things from 'traditional teachings' in respect of my people. But god and superstition, sorry I mean 'reason 'and 'why?' is what I have faith in.
Are you paid money for being full blooded indian? I have a friend who received a nice chunk of money for being full blood and 18. :) No, royalties are mainly for smaller, wealthier tribes.
How? How not is the better question.
Boxers, briefs, or loin cloth? Boxer.
I heard once from someone that the funeral tradition includes keeping the body for something like seven days. He said there was some ritual to it; would you be able to explain? For every tribe, there are differing traditions for each. For the Navajo, the corpse needs to be taken care of and interned withing 4 days of death. The family is allowed another 4 days to complete the mourning process. The remains of the dead are seen as taboo (more the thought of death is the taboo) That is why funerals are set this way. The number 4 is very important to the Navajo tradition. It comes from the cycles of nature. 4 seasons, 4 cardinal directions, 4 stages of living so on and so forth.
My great grandmother was 100% "full blooded" Native american. I have been trying for years to find out what tribe we belong to but have had no success. Is there a certain way I can go about finding out what tribe we belong to? What area where your great grand parents from start from there. The best way is start working your way back words, most importantly, speak with the oldest person in your family.
Is there a Native American entertainment industry? I see lots of books, films, etc. that involve Native American culture and characters, but most of it seems to be created or at least helmed by non Native Americans. Yes, there is. It has begin to bloom and flourish in the last 20 or 25 years. There are novels, movies, and dancing all put together and starring on a Native American.
How do you think your culture would have developed without the catastrophic impact of European arrival to the so-called New World? This is super difficult for me, I say this because European influence was unavoidable. Sorry I could not answer that more concisely.
The peace pipe, is it filled with tobacco, cannabis or something else entirely? Mainly hand picked and cured wild mountain tobacco and herbal blends. Smoke only during ceremonies and healing sessions.
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