MATINEE AT THE MUSEUM

Need a place to sit down?  Want to take a break from all the newfangled Hollywood flicks at the cineplex?  Feel like watching something entertaining and educational?

Well then, visit the auditorium in the main gallery!  Sorry, no food or drink.  

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INTO THE CIRCLE: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE POWWOW

Monday-Saturday 10:15 AM and 1:45 PM; Sunday 1:15 PM

The powwow is more than just a dance or a festival. It is where the Native American community comes to share, remember, and lift their voices in song. This 36-minute cut of the original documentary features several dancers from different tribes reminiscing about the history and importance of the powwow in Oklahoma. Expect to see lots of color and some impressive dance moves!

(There are some strobing lights in the first few minutes of the film, so be aware if you are sensitive to those sorts of visual effects.)

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CHOCTAW CODE TALKERS

Monday-Saturday 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM; Sunday 2:00 PM

During the First World War, a team of Choctaw servicemen proved their worth as code talkers. Their efforts to develop a code from the Choctaw language paved the way for Native American code talkers decades later, such as the famous Navajo and Comanche code talkers. During this 55-minute documentary, journey with the Choctaw from forced relocation in the 1800s to the trenches of France during the "War to End All Wars" as they fight to return home and preserve what remains of their culture.

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INDIANS, OUTLAWS, MARSHALS, & THE HANGIN' JUDGE

Monday-Saturday 12:00 PM and 3:30 PM; Sunday 3:00 PM

In the midst of the "Wild West", one judge inspired fear in the hearts of even the most hardened criminals: Isaac C. Parker, otherwise known as the "Hangin' Judge." This full-length, 80-minute documentary details the exploits of Isaac Parker as well as such famous marshals as Bass Reeves and the "Three Guardsmen." A controversial figure to be sure, but one surrounded by legendary lawmen and the roughest outlaws in the West.

(Stay tuned after the show to see our home footage of the Frisco 1526 steam engine being moved here to the museum!)

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CARBON COWBOYS: SOIL

Monday-Saturday 1:30 PM

No tilling. No herbicide. No fertilizer. No, this is not the latest trend in organic or "hippie" farming. This is a group of farmers, from Saskatchewan to Mississippi, who are rethinking the "tried-and-true" ideas of open range pasture. Using "paddocks" to limit cattle grazing and native plants to enrich the soil, these ranchers offer their own lands as proof that the carbon cycle is a vital component to turning barren, dusty patches into lush grazing grounds. Don't take our word for it, though. They'll be more than happy to tell you themselves! In 11 minutes, no less.

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CARBON COWBOYS: HERD IMPACT

Sunday 4:30 PM

This 23-minute episode follows the trials and triumphs of a Texas couple as they utilize strategic grazing to save their herd in the midst of an awful drought. Along the way, they discover how a change in plant life and water distribution can grow cattle that leave neighbors greener than grass with envy!