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Music: Song and Dance

Coming to the Drum

This section is dedicated to all forms of American Indian music and dance found in Oklahoma. "The drum," in this case, represents the contemporary Powwow experience.

Many other forms of traditional Indian music also are represented in Oklahoma such as traditional music by tribe or nation, church songs, and more.

MOVING HISTORY: The Evolution of the Powwow by Dennis W. Zotigh

Tribal Songs Project


An ethnology recording made in 1908.


Mathew Maclarity on keyboard


Powwow at Sacred Heart Mission in Pottawatomie County 1999.


Jim Anqoue, family, and friends form the Redstone Drum. Redstone is a Kiowa community west of Anadarko.


Belo Cozad, Kiowa, plays flute at Riverside School circa 1939.

In My Heart

Oral traditions in religious communities in Oklahoma

Fa Sol La by Dr. Guy Logsdon

Oklahoma's Black Sacred Music Traditions by Dr. Willie Smyth

Sounds Good!

Musical Traditions of Oklahoma

The Life of Henry C. Gilliland by Rodger Harris


Muskogee born, Jay "Hootie" McShann. McShann's jazz piano playing was always with a swing rhythm. He played with many jazz greats including Charlie Parker and is best known for his song "Confessin' the Blues".


Anita and Jesse Martinez and amigos.

All Join Hands

Oklahoma Dance Traditions


Lion dancers gather at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.


Choctaw youth dance at Tuskahoma.


Kung Fu Master, Ricky Leturia and friend perform traditional Chinese lion dancing at the Oklahoma History Center.