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Fostering the Past

Bryant Rickman no longer teaches agriculture, but he’s far from retired. “It’s just kind of swallowed up my life, these horses and all,” says Rickman, who lives near Antlers and is devoted to saving heritage breeds of livestock from extinction. Rickman breeds colonial Spanish horses – also known in Oklahoma as Choctaw ponies because members of the Choctaw tribe acquired them...

Red Earth Festival

The 33rd Annual Red Earth Festival celebrates Native American heritage and features hundreds of dancers and artists from across the country June 7-9. Held at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, the event has a parade, powwow, art market and other community events. Visit redearth.org for information.

On the Road to Tipperary

The Creek County community of Shamrock, some say, is nothing more than a ghost town, yet every Wednesday 50 or more kids show up for youth night at the Baptist Church. The St. Patrick’s Day celebration no longer attracts 5,000 people as the first parade did in 1916, when Shamrock was an oil boomtown. But it remains a lively day...