Betty Price, executive director for the Oklahoma Arts Council, has been named the 2006 Red Earth Ambassador of the Year.
Price was selected for the award because f her dedication to preserving and honoring the rich traditions of American Indians throughout Oklahoma.
“Red Earth has established Oklahoma city as a world destination for Native American art,” said Price. “I look forward to another 20 years of economic success for Oklahoma Cit and Native American artists.
“The Red Earth Festival allows people to enjoy the true native American experience. The dance and art are so meaningful,” she said. “Having the opportunity to visit with Indian artists is always exciting and is a unique experience for many collectors.” The Red Earth Ambassador of the Year award was founded in 1991 to promote pride in Native American heritage and to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in presenting a positive image of Native Americans.
Entitled “Counting Coup,” the award is represented by a magnificent bronze sculpture created by Troy Anderson, of a proud young warrior holding a coup stick.
Previous ambassadors include John E. Kirkpatrick (2004), Ted Turner (2000), Tony Hillerman (1992) and Kevin Costner (1991).