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Woody Guthrie Center; Tulsa, OklahomaOklahoma Emerges on Global Scene Through Scorsese’s Latest Film and Its Own Timeless Allure.

On the brink of a cinematic epoch, Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” is set to debut in global theatres on October 19, 2023. Starring cinematic icons Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, the film paints a gripping portrait of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma, narrating a chilling episode from the 1920s when conspiracy, greed, and murder darkened American history. With a prodigious investment of USD $200M, the adaptation of David Grann’s revered non-fiction work promises cinematic excellence and a prism through which audiences can journey into Oklahoma’s rich historical landscape.

Talimena Scenic Byway; Oklahoma

Talimena Scenic Byway; Oklahoma.

Today, Oklahoma is a sentinel to Native American history, hosting 39 tribal headquarters. A staggering 67 Native American tribes have interwoven their legacy within this state, etching their traditions, beliefs, and stories into its tapestry. The First Americans Museum, Choctaw Cultural Center, and the Osage Nation Museum are just a few touchpoints where visitors can dive deep into the state’s indigenous soul. The state’s vibrant powwows and craft festivals further echo its indigenous heartbeats.

In a harmonious blend of history and culture, the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa recently unveiled its exhibition, “Have You Heard? THE WAR IS OVER: Phil Ochs and the 1960s Peace Movements”. Curated by Theo Schefer, this display pays homage to the evocative melodies and activism of folk singer-songwriter Phil Ochs. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the epoch of the 1960s, charting the resonating influence of Ochs’ songs and causes.

Yet, the state doesn’t just bask in the past. On April 8, 2024, Oklahoma is poised to present one of nature’s most awe-inspiring spectacles – the Total Solar Eclipse. “Oklahoma State Parks will offer prime viewpoints for the 2024 eclipse,” asserts OTRD Executive Director Shelley Zumwalt. Particularly, Beavers Bend State Park, nestled in the state’s southeast, will gift spectators with 4 minutes and 15 seconds of complete eclipse totality. Beyond the eclipse, the park stands as an epitome of natural beauty, with towering timbers, shimmering waters, and a plethora of outdoor activities. For those eager to witness the solar marvel and the state’s natural beauty, reservations are open at TravelOK.com.

As autumn descends, Oklahoma promises an enchanting palette of fall colours. Late October to early November is the prime window to feast on nature’s grandeur. From the sprawling expanse of the Talimena Scenic Byway to the serene waters of the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma beckons travellers with its breathtaking vistas.

In sum, while Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” is set to mesmerize audiences with its cinematic narrative, the natural allure lies in exploring Oklahoma’s tapestries, tales, and terrains. This state has gracefully blended its past, present, and future.




Written by: Jason Smith