The History and Culture of Oklahoma

Oklahoma is considered as the real land of Indians and Cowboys in the United States. Despite the fact that most of the Native Americans who live in Oklahoma were only forcibly relocated in the state, their presence still serves as the building blocks for the history and culture of the state. Oklahoma is the place you need to go to if your idea of a vacation includes cattle ranchers, cowboys, and rich native american culture.

Origin of the Name

The name Oklahoma is said to have originated from the Choctaw Tribe, and is roughly translated as “red people.” The state’s history has an unpleasant connection to Native American tribe history, as the Five Civilized tribes and the Cherokee Nation were forcibly relocated to the state from their real home in the East. Many Native Americans have already settled in and moved on, but it is best for tourists not to bring it up or to avoid asking about it as it is understandable for many elders to still harbor resentment over the relocation.

The large population of Native Americans in Oklahoma (the largest in the entire United States) consist of several different tribes who were forced to relocate to the state during the 19th Century. The most famous of which are the Cherokee and the Choctaw. The latter was the first tribe to be moved to the state in 1831, while the Cherokee are the more popular because they were forced to walk to the state via the Trail of Tears road. This road serves as a reminder for Americans today of the unfair treatment that the Native Americans suffered from the hands of their ancestors.

Despite the tragic history, Oklahoma these days is thriving and many Native American tribes own establishments and businesses in the state, consisting of everything from retail shops, gas stations, resorts, and even Casinos. The state also plays home to a thriving cattle industry, which is where people will get their fill of the stereotypical Hollywood rendition of cowboys rustling horses and cattle.

It will be difficult to visit the state without encountering things that are not related tocows and cowboys, because Oklahoma is a thoroughfare for cattle trails from the early 20th century up to present day. The state itself is one of the main centers for the US when it comes to livestock trading, but visitors can expect to have a friendly welcome from the locals who are already accustomed to being considered as the “cowboy state.”