The American Indian Resource Center provides cultural, educational and informational resources, activities and services honoring American Indian heritage. The center provides access to more than 4,000 books, periodicals, and media for adults and children by and about American Indians, including historical and rare materials, new releases, videos and music compact discs.
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American Indian Resource Center History
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American Indian Resource Center Programs
The following programs are sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust and the American Indian Resource Center. The system-wide programs are free and open to the public.
American Indian Festival of Words Writers Award
This event takes place the first Saturday in March at the Hardesty Regional Library.
Inaugurated in 2001, the American Indian Festival of Words Writers Award recognizes written contributions of outstanding American Indian authors, poets, journalists, film and stage scriptwriters. It is the first and only award given by a public library to honor an American Indian writer. The award is given in odd-numbered years. Recipients receive a $5,000 cash prize which is sponsored by the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation.
Circle of Honor
This event takes place the first Saturday in March at the Zarrow Regional Library.
Inaugurated in 2004, the Circle of Honor Award Presentation honors an American Indian for their lifetime achievements and contributions that have enriched the lives of others. Induction into the Circle of Honor is a celebration of the honoree’s actions in the face of adversity, commitment to the preservation of American Indian culture and legacy for future generations. An individual is inducted into the Circle of Honor in even-numbered years. Recipients receive a $5,000 cash prize which is sponsored by the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation.
Festival of Words
Odd years 3-hour festival; even years a month-long series of programs throughout the system
Tribal elders, storytellers, craftsmen, dancers and musicians share the history and traditions of North America’s native people during the American Indian Festival of Words, held annually in March.
The free festival celebrates the contributions of American Indians through enlightening family programs offered at numerous libraries.
The highlight of the festival is the presentation of the American Indian Festival of Words Author Award and the Circle of Honor ceremony, which alternate each year.
Native Culture Make and Take
In response to the customer’s desire to learn the native arts, the American Indian Resource Center began Native Culture Make and Take programs. There are Native Culture Make and Take 1 or 2 hour classes that can be found throughout the system, especially during the Summer Reading Program. The Native Culture Make and Take Fest takes place in November from 1– 3 p.m. at the Zarrow Regional Library. The come and go event is for all ages. The Native Culture Make and Take Series is designed to provide a more in-depth learning experience also at Zarrow.
This oral tradition program can be found throughout the system, especially during the Summer Reading Program and Native American Month.