Sharing the Spirit to celebrate Native American heritage

with Oklahoma Fancy Dancers


The Cameron University School of Liberal Arts and the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council (LAHC) are pleased to present Sharing the Spirit, a celebration of Native American heritage, featuring a special performance of the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers. The acclaimed dance troupe, renownedfor its spectacular and colorful traditional American Indian dances, will perform on Sunday, November 1 at 2 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Funding for this special performance is provided by the Clodus and Pauline (Chaat) Smith Endowed Lectureship in American Indian Studies.


“This performance by the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers epitomizes the concept of Sharing the Spirit,” says Dr. Von Underwood, Dean, School of Liberal Arts. “The dances and regalia are truly unique to Native American culture. If you have never seen this type of cultural celebration, you will be in awe of the pageantry, ritual and heritage evoked on stage. This is fancy dancing at its finest.”


The Oklahoma Fancy Dancers have traveled the world and earned a stellar reputation for excellence and authenticity. Members of the troupe are powwow champions representing various tribes. Each is an enrolled tribal member. The award-winning dance regalia worn by each dancer is brilliantly colored, traditional and representative of the dancer's tribe and dance performed.


A performance by the Oklahoma Fancy Dancer is educational, enlightening and entertaining, showcasing a variety of traditional American Indian tribal dances and filled with cultural information. A colorful description of the historical origin and significance introduces each dance.

For more information about the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council,

call 580-581-3470 or 581-3471.

For more information about Cameron University’s School of Liberal Arts, call 580-581-2491

Previous Years Programming


2014 - 2015 Sharing the Spirit, Field Trip to Historic Sites, 2-Day Creative Expression Workshop, Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4


Patrons experienced Oklahoma’s American Indian History via the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge with Jimmy W. Arterberry, Comanche scholar, historian, artist and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Comanche Nation. 


Day 1 - Friday, April 3, Meet at the Arts & Humanities Division at 8am. The group will travel to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for lecture with journaling/sketching from approximately 9:00am – 2:00pm.

Day 2 - Saturday, April 4, Creative Expressions in Studio, 9am – 5pm. Studio time will be held at Old Town Hall/Carnegie Library in downtown Lawton. Each participant will create a response to his/her onsite experience.

The City of Lawton, Lawton Arts & Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts are program sponsors. The program is made possible in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

About the Oklahoma Arts Council

“The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The Council’s mission is to lead, cultivate and support a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans. The Council provides more than 500 grants to over 300 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry, and manages hundreds of works of art in the public spaces of the state Capital. For more information, visit”



2013 - 2014 Sharing the Spirit

Nov 3, Cameron University’s John C. Paynter Collection Exhibit of Native American Art


Nov 5, Anthropologist Dr. Fred Schneider, “Native American Plant Lecture


Nov 16, "The Beat of Tribal Drums and the Dance of the Comanche People,” with Eleanor McDaniel, Comanche


April 4-5, 2014, Two-day creative expression workshop led by Jimmy W. Arterberry, Comanche scholar, historian and artist and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Comanche Nation at National Register of Historic Places located at Fort Sill, Medicine Bluffs and Adams Hill Tar Pits.


2012 - Sharing the Spirit at City Artwalk with Myron Beeson, Jimmy Arterberry, Eleanor McDaniel, Dr. Todd McDaniels Ph.d., & Harry Mithlo


Hide Tipi Workshop w/ Jimmy Arterberry

Medallion Beading Workshop w/ Eleanor McDaniels



2011 - Sharing the Spirit at City Artwalk with Myron Beeson, Peggy Brennan, Eleanor McDaniel, Dr. Todd McDaniels Ph.d., & Harry Mithlo; followed by Cherokee Basket Weaving Workshop w/ Peggy Brennan and Medallion Beading Workshop w/ Eleanor McDaniels


2010 - Tim Tate Nevaquya & Ali Harter in Concert

2007 - Film Workshops

Tvli Jacob, Writing and Directing for Film

Chad Burris, Entertainment Law

1990's Jan 24, 1998 - Joy Harjo & Poetic Justice Concert, learn more about Joy Harjo at