Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival
September 18-21, 2014
2014 Honorary Co-Chairs
An acclaimed documentary host and producer, network and major market news anchor, and multimedia production company president, Bill Kurtis is celebrating his fortieth anniversary in the field of broadcasting. Over the years, Kurtis has created a body of work that is virtually unparalleled.
He is a published author and a member of the board of directors of several distinguished organizations including The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Foundation, and the Field Museum of Chicago.
He will be the honorary chair at the 2014 Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival alongside his daughter, Mary Kristin Kurtis.
Mary Kristin Kurtis
Mary Kristin was born in Chicago. As a teen, she and her brother visited their grandparent’s farm in Kansas during the summers. She spent 20 years in San Francisco in the construction business. She worked as a building permit expediter.
Through a series of events, she and her partner, David Parsons, moved to Sedan to take over management of her father’s ranch.
2014 Opening Band
Indigenous front man, Mato Nanji, was born and raised on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Mato’s father, the late Greg Zephier, Sr., was a well-known and highly respected spiritual advisor and spokesperson for the International Indian Treaty Council.
Mato embraced and began utilizing his musical talent at a young age. With the experience, love and wisdom of their father to guide them, Mato, his brother, sister and cousin formed the band Indigenous while in their late teens.
The purpose of Oklahoma Indian Summer, Inc. is to sponsor, coordinate and present traditional Native American cultural public events for the benefit of community education, cultural preservation and the development of positive multicultural community relations.
Additionally, Oklahoma Indian Summer, Inc. is further committed to sponsoring higher-education opportunities for Native American students.
In particular Oklahoma Indian Summer, Inc. shall continue to sponsor and coordinate the annual Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival traditionally held in the city of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The goal of the Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival is to provide a free public festival showcasing Native American art, dance, demonstrations, workshops and interactions intended to encourage the participation of all cultures and bridge the cultural divide.
As an intertribal festival, Oklahoma Indian Summer welcomes each of the more than 28 federally recognized nations, tribes, bands and townships headquartered in the state of Oklahoma.
Since 1988, the Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival has been sponsored by the Cherokee, Delaware, and Osage tribes of Indians. Those three Indian tribes located in the Green Country, Oklahoma, have played a significant role in the Bartlesville area.