Linking family with sepia images from the Osage American tribe

May 24, 2007

redcorn.jpgOn June 2 1907, the Osage American Indian tribe divided up the land on their reservation, an event that had held up Oklahomas bid for statehood for a decade. This June 2, the tribe will open an exhibition on those who received that land.

When is a star a superstar?

May 24, 2007

Anyone compiling a Cannes survival guide for journalists may want to consider the following:

Can you help me become famous?

May 24, 2007

A young man in a black suit pokes his head around the corner of our little office at the Cannes film festival and asks whether I can help. Im an actor, he says. Im not well known at all. No-ones ever heard of me. Can you help me become famous?

What is it with Dakotas?

May 23, 2007

Just a thought, but are dark forces at work in Hollywood to ensure young girls cast in major roles in blockbuster productions have to be called Dakota? Judging by the length of her career summary on the imdb movie Web site, Dakota Fanning is a film veteran at the tender age of 13. Then along comes Dakota Blue Richards, who at the same age has just landed her big screen debut with the central role of Lyra Belacqua in “The Golden Compass”, a $180 million adaptation of the first book in Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy. She was selected from around 10,000 young British girls who auditioned for the part.

Osage tribe keeps culture alive by dancing

May 23, 2007

Kathryn Red Corn.jpgDancing is ”the glue that holds (the tribe) together, said Kathryn Red Corn (pictured left), director of the Osage Tribal Museum here. 

Osage American Indian tribe gives full democracy a try

May 23, 2007

Hepsi-Barnett.jpgA century after the land on the Osage American Indian reservation was divided up among tribal members, this nation is trying something new: full democracy.

Birthday milestone, Tulsa-style

May 22, 2007

Birthday3.JPGReuters Correspondent and Route 66 Team member James Kelleher, left, turned 44 years old on Monday, the day the team drove from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. He was in a funk about the milestone the whole day.
 
To cheer him up, they joined the team’s hosts in Tulsa, Phil and Miranda, spent Monday night at two of the city’s hotspots: McNellie’s and the Soundpony, a tavern conveniently located alongside Cain’s Ballroom, a landmark musical venue in Tulsa.
 
When the Soundpony’s bartender, right, learned James Birthday2.jpgwas celebrating a birthday (and after he corroborated the claim by scrutinizing James’ Illinois licence), he made James what he claimed was a traditional Soundpony birthday libation: blueberry liqueur served in a hollowed out hotdog.
 
After donning the protective Soundpony hotdog headgear, James threw back one half of the hollowed-out hotdog. Nick was recording the whole event for posterity, so an anonymous fellow Soundpony patron stepped up to the plate and downed the other half. Both men then ate their hotdogs. 
 
James lived to blog another day, though he did wake up with what he claimed was a hotdog-induced headache. The anonymous patron, who did not have the benefit of the protective headgear, was not heard from again.
 
All photos taken in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 21, 2007.

Snapshots from Oklahoma City to Tulsa

May 22, 2007

SNAPSHOT.jpgAs we travel through America along the path of old Route 66, theres a lot we see that we dont have time to write about. We thought we could at least share some of what stands out, impresses or amuses us on our journey, so readers can see more than just the blogs we write at the end of each days traveling. Here’s a small selection of shots from our trip from Oklahoma City to Tulsa.

Oklahoma Baptist leader confident of victory in latest abortion battle

May 22, 2007

Jordan.JPGAlmost ever since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down many individual state laws restricting abortion in 1973, in the Roe v. Wade case, Anthony Jordan says he has been fighting to have abortion on-demand overturned because it goes against his religious beliefs.

Moore Baptists say Christian voices still not loud enough in U.S. politics

May 22, 2007

Clarkson5.jpgMuch has been made of the fact that one of President George W. Bushs core constituencies in his election in 2000 and re-election in 2004 was the countrys Christian conservatives.