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Dance of the Two Moons event to benefit Native youth

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TULSA, Okla. - On April 5, the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa will host its 13th annual Dance of the Two Moons, at the Tulsa Southern Hills Marriott Hotel. The Dance of the Two Moons features a full program of activities that includes dinner, traditional Indian dancing, western rope tricks performed by Richard Heinrich, Native American storytelling by Will Hill and Geninne DeMarco-Washington and western dance music by Butch Powell and the Seneca Band. Yvonne Harris, KTUL Channel 8 weekend anchor and reporter, and Curtis Zunigha, former Chief of the Delaware Tribe of Indians and American Indian entertainer, will co-emcee the evening.

The evening will begin with the silent auction of Indian arts and collectibles and items donated by local merchants and business owners. The highlight of the silent auction will be two original pieces donated by Cha' Tullis. Tullis will also be honored as the year's Honorary Artist. Tullis is an internationally known Native artist who is dedicated to teaching and preserving the heritage of American Indian culture. Cha' uses various mediums including: painting, sculpture and jewelry design to showcase his outstanding artistic abilities. The first of the two pieces on the auction block is a nine-foot tall eagle sculpture entitled "Above the Clouds." Tullis has also donated an acrylic on canvas painting, "Four Days Shield," depicting a traditional Native warrior.

Through this program and its proceeds, Indian Health Care is able to provide free summer camps for Native children, fitness programs at three Tulsa public schools with high Indian enrollment, immunizations, pediatric dental care and numerous other services for the clinic's youngest patients.

"This program helps us achieve our commitment to our children, to provide them with the best quality care and the resources to help them grow into healthy adults" said Carmelita Skeeter, executive director.

Other auction items include signed artwork by various American Indian artists, Indian pottery and jewelry, two tickets from Great Plains Airlines, skin treatments, massages, and a round of golf for two at Karsten Creek Golf Course. Also, up for bid is a 12-foot hand painted tipi. The tipi was custom made by the same artist that made all the tipi for the movie, Dances With Wolves.

Individual tickets are $75 each or $125 per couple, $50 of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

Contact Emily Bolusky at 382-1206 or e-mail ebolusky@ihcrc.org with any questions on how to donate to the Dance of the Two Moons or to purchase tickets.