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Native American Santa visits Oklahoma First Americans Museum

 

December 21, 2021

Aidan Underwood (Comanche) age 6, met with Santa over the weekend. "She loved him," her mom Ginny said of their encounter. "She really liked his robe." (Photo/Courtesy Ginny Underwood/First Americans Museum)

Santa wore his long grey braids and traditional red robe-turned-regalia over the weekend, greeting children and adults alike at the newly opened First Americans Museum in the heart of Oklahoma City. Behind him was a digital screen showing a downpouring of snow over his sleigh, pulled by eight bison.

"Kids were really excited to see a Santa Claus that might look like their uncle," First Americans Museum spokesperson, Ginny Underwood (Comanche), told Native News Online."The premise is: representation matters. We wanted to create a Santa Claus that our Indigenous folks could identify with, and that other people (could) get an understanding of our diversity and our take on what a Santa Claus might look like."

The event was free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, and drew far more adults to snap a photo with Santa than it did children. On Saturday, 75 children-many dressed in their tribe's traditional regalia- and more than double the amount of adults took their photos with Indigneous Santa.

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