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Native American Fashion Show showcases array of tribal dress

On May 16, 2022, Margaret Bird put on a Native American fashion show at the United Methodist Church’s Velma Oaks Family Life Center for some 200 tourists who arrived by bus to attend the show then eat Indian tacos.

Margaret Bird grew up curious, pattering after her elders to learn all she could about traditional ways – not just Osage but those of all Native Americans.

Along the way, she amassed not only knowledge, but the skills to create indigenous clothing. She has amassed a large collection of regalia that she pulls from to put on Native fashion shows.

“When I was very young, I listened to the elders, Aunt Rose Hill and Lily Cunningham,” she said. “Then I started traveling around and getting information and now I have 50 traditional sets. No museum in the world has all of the tribes.

“Hopefully, one day people will be able to see all of the traditional clothes – not powwow clothes.”

On May 16, Bird put on a show at the United Methodist Church’s Velma Oaks Family Life Center for some 200 tourists who arrived by bus to attend the show then eat Indian tacos.

Many in the crowd used their cell phones to record the event. LOUISE RED CORN/Osage News

All the women in the show wore traditional clothes – Sioux, Osage, Delaware, Cherokee, Navajo, Chickasaw, Creek, and more – that Bird made. The three men in the show wore their own regalia as a favor to Bird, who said the event was put together on short notice.

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Louise Red Cornhttps://osagenews.org
Louise Red Corn has suffered from wanderlust for decades: She has lived and worked as a journalist and photographer in Rome, Italy, New York City, Detroit, Kentucky, Mississippi and Oklahoma, where she published The Bigheart Times for 12 years. She loves diving in-depth into just about any topic but is especially fond of covering legal issues, perhaps because her parents were both lawyers. She is married to Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn, who enticed her to move to the Osage Reservation in 2004. She and her husband live south of Pawhuska with one extremely large dog named Max, one extremely energetic dog named Pepper, and, if he bothers to make an appearance, a surly cat named Stinky.
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