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Old Folkways Revived In Library Series

There is more than one way to do almost anything and in April and May the Metropolitan Library System and the Oklahoma History Center will demonstrate some of the more colorful ones. 

Join Roger Harris, the Center’s Folklife Director, as he presents a series called “Old Ways: An Introduction to Oklahoma Folklife” at seven libraries.  There will be five demonstrations in April and two in May.  The series will introduce four cultural traditions: flamenco dancing, Native American basketry, American traditional music, and mariachi music.

“I know,” said Outreach Senior Services Coordinator Anita Roesler, “that most people wouldn’t think right off of flamenco dancing and mariachi music if they made a list of Oklahoma’s cultural traditions, but it wasn’t just Anglos who participated in the land runs.  And Spanish explorers Francisco de Coronado and Hernando DeSoto came here in the sixteenth century.  They didn’t travel with mariachi bands, but they left a mark on the land.”

Because of the Oklahoma land runs, and there were actually seven of them, people of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds rushed into the territory and created one of America’s most varied melting pots.

            The “Old Ways” series of presentations will be:

Flamenco Dancing with Alicia Harris

Saturday, April 4, at 1pm: Bethany Library, 3510 N. Mueller (789-8363)


Flamenco Dancing with Alicia Harris

Thursday, April 9, at 7pm: Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno (732-4828)


Native American Basketry with Peggy Brennan

Saturday, April 18, at 1pm: Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker (631-4468)


American and traditional folk music with Wayne Cantwell

Monday, April 20, at 6:30pm: Choctaw Library, 25235 Muzzy Street (390-8418)


Native American Basketry with Peggy Brennan

Monday, April 27, at 7pm: Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa (843-9601)


Mariachi music with Robert Ruiz

Sunday, May 3, at 2pm: Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue (231-8650)


Flamenco Dancing with Alicia Harris

Saturday, May 9, at 1pm: Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard (341-9282)

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.