It's time for the Indian Fair! I drove out to Anadarko this morning and met up with Tracy's bunch to watch the parade. Boy howdy, was it hot! The bank's thermometer said it was 125*, but I don't think it was really that hot. This is going to be an image-heavy post. You've been warned.
A Color Guard to start off the parade. This is the Comanche Indian Veterans Association Color Guard. They were followed by a marching band and bag-pipers (in kilts!).
Charlie Parton, Anadarko Schools' most devoted and spirited fan. "Let's get fired up!"
Here come the floats.
Two staples of the Indian Fair parade -- princesses and ponies. This is Arapaho Tribal Princess Mikayla Skye Horse.
A couple of lovely ladies carrying the banner for the Delaware Nation.
Here's Delaware Nation Princess Silvina Kionute. See those beads she's throwing? I caught 'em!
I don't know how these little guys managed not to pass out from dehydration.
Samantha Wells is serving as the Junior Princess for the Oklahoma Southwest Vietnam Veterans organization.
Next up is the Caddo Nation.
Shayna Sullivan was selected as the Caddo Nation's princess.
Remember that I mentioned is was REALLY hot today? These guys know how to stay cool.
The Apache Fire Dancers are always a favorite.
Some of these men were sweating off their paint.
This mischievous guy helped himself to a kid's candy.
Aiden Cozad, braving the heat in buckskin and wool, is the Kiowa Tribal Princess.
This sign was one of several on a vehicle, representing a drug intervention program (I think). I have many questions, not the least of which is why would someone replace their thumb with a beer bottle.
Here's Comanche Nation Princess Desire' Attocknie. Smart girl has her water close at hand. A lot of floats threw bottles of cold water instead of candy. Best. Idea. Ever.
Comanche Little Ponies Princess Angelica Blackstar has that princess wave down.
And in the last photo, we have Carrie Makah Klinekole, the Princess for the Kiowa-Apache Blackfoot Society. This young lady deserves big time credit for making it to the parade this morning since the Blackfoot Society had their annual ceremonial this past weekend. That's dedication, right there.
If you don't have anything to do this weekend, come on out to the Kiowa-Apache Blackfoot ceremonials. The Hasinai Society is co-hosting this year and helps take care of the flag. It'll be hot, but you can always stop by Shirley's camp to cool off!
Rhonda S. Fair
I am a cultural anthropologist, currently employed
as the Tribal Liaison for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. This
position gives me the opportunity to apply my ethnographic training, as well as
do archaeological fieldwork. I am also on the faculty of the University of
Oklahoma's College of Liberal Studies.