Native traditions blend with new trends during Muskogee's Indigenous Peoples Holiday Weekend.

Four days of festivities include traditional games, a stomp dance, films, standup comedy and a hip-hop concert. The weekend runs Friday through Monday.

Megan Kelley, public relations Muskogee Oklahoma Native American Association called the weekend an educational event. 

"We also want to spotlight our local artists," Kelley said, adding that all events are free.

Association chairwoman Britteny Cuevas said Friday's stomp dance will be more social than formal.

"What we're doing whenever the leader sings is praying," Cuevas said. "And the smoke that goes up into the air is what carries the prayers up to the sky."

An art market on Monday give area Native artists opportunity to share their talents, Cuevas said.

"There is so much talent here in Muskogee, with Native Americans doing different things," she said.

Cultural Day, starting 10 a.m. Saturday at Honor Heights, will feature interactive demonstrations of Native games such as chunkey and stickball, as well as cornstalk bow shooting.

Choctaw film director Mark Williams will emcee a film festival at noon Saturday at the Roxy Theater. 

An evening of standup comedy follows at 6 p.m. 

Sunday events include a day of hymn singing and worship. A lunch and dinner will be provided.

Indigenous Peoples Day activities will be all day Monday at Honor Heights Park.

An opening prayer service will be 9:30 a.m. at the amphitheater. A march down Agency Hill will be at 10 a.m.

Quese IMC, a bear Seminole and wolf Pawnee, will perform hip-hop at 6 p.m. He said people can expect "a fun, exciting, culturally appropriate show."

The hip-hop artist, who was born Marcus Frejos, said he performs indigenous conscious music "with a message about cultural empowerment and identity."

"I was inspired by different music, hip-hop, Native music, house music," he said, defining house as a dance music. "As I grew up, I wanted to create music that used our tribal chants and hip-hop."

He said elders didn't understand his music at first.

"Then they realized it was positive in the way we did it," he said.

Quese IMC said his songs are about identity and power, "and where we come from."

Cuevas said she's especially excited about the hip-hop.

"With his stories and hip-hop, he has interacted with movements, like Standing Rock to protect the water," she said. 

"That changes the world," Cuevas said. "Music changes the world. And for us to be able to tell our own stories, because it is English and it is hip-hop, it makes it easy to understand." 

If you go

WHAT: Indigenous Peoples Holiday Weekend.

WHEN: Friday through Monday.


• Indigenous Stomp Dance, 5 p.m., Tiger Art Field, 2110 E. Old Shawnee Road.


• Indigenous Cultural Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Honor Heights Park.

• Indigenous Holiday Film Festival, 11:30 a.m., Roxy Theater, 220 W. Okmulgee Ave.

• Native American Artists Concert, noon, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, 401 S. Third St.

• Native Comedy Night, 6 p.m., Roxy Theater, 220 W. Okmulgee Ave.


• All Day Intertribal Hymn Singing and Services, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Muscogee Indian Community Center, 335 N. Fourth St.

• Legacy Talking Circle concerning local Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, 7 p.m. Tiger Art Gallery, 2110 E. Old Shawnee Road.


• Prayer, 9:30 a.m. Honor Heights Amphitheater.

• Opening ceremony, 11:30 a.m. Honor Heights Park.

• Guest speakers and Art Market, noon, Honor Heights Park.

• Storytelling, 1:30 p.m. Honor Heights Park.

• Native American veterans observance, 3 p.m., Honor Heights.

• Quese IMC Indigenous Hip-Hop, 6 p.m. Honor Heights.

• Smiling Vic, 7 p.m., Honor Heights. 

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