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30 native artists showcased in art fair

TULSA - An upcoming Native Vendor Art Fair and Indian Taco Sale will bring together 30 native artists who will showcase their handmade items. 

The Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa, a non-profit organization, will host the fair and sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post, 1120 E 8th. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, is a fundraiser for a powwow the club will hold from Aug. 11-13 at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center.

Lynnetta Seward, president of the Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa, said that at the fair native artists from across the state will present authentic, handcrafted products such as beadwork, pottery, pillows, blankets and fleece jackets. 

"There's something for everybody," Seward said. "Our vendors are always happy to talk to anybody about anything that they make, so it would definitely be a learning experience."

According to Seward, the main goal of the Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa is to raise awareness of Native American culture in order to both educate non-Indians and to prevent cultural appropriation. 

"We want people to understand that there are beautiful things that they can purchase from vendors and wear," Seward said, "but there are certain other items that may not be appropriate for them to wear, such as headdresses.

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