If you get uncomfortable if you are not in a city, don't drive through western Oklahoma! There are not many people there. I like all the wide open space! As long as I don't run out of gas and get stuck out there in the middle of nowhere...
To gain an understanding of the history and culture of the area one should travel to The Cherokee museum in Tahlequah. Great museum. Reconstructed pre-columbian and post trail of tears era settlements. They use to run a play as well. Good destination
The law referred to regarding blue jay feathers doesn't fit with your list of absurdities. It is
unlawful to possess feathers from many bird species because of declining populations.
Eagles have just been removed from the endangered list, but it is still unlawful to have their
feathers in your possession.
As for mules drinking from birdbaths -- if I catch a mule sipping from my birdbath, I'll call 911!
I'm encouraged by the sight of local drivers motioning a waiting motorist to enter traffic ahead
of himself/herself. Acts of courtesy help defuse the frustration of heavy traffic and encourage
other drivers to extend the same favor when possible. Every random act of kindness helps, and it fits with our Oklahoma hospitality.
I mentioned elsewhere that there are more Native Americans in Oklahoma than any other state and that in the past 20 - 30 years a lot has been done to help reclaim and preserve that heritage. I do not tully understand the functions of Native American Nations but know that they have significant autonomy in running their own affairs. When we were in Oklahoma recently the Seminole Nation has an election upcoming in which they will elect their chief. This is a far cry from the times I remember when the chiefs were appointed by the US Bureau of Indian Affairs. The license plate in the photo is one manifestation of tribal pride.
Oklahoma's slogan is "Native America." The reason for this is because many indian tribes have settled here over the generations. Cherokee, Choctaw, and many others have reservations located in numerous parts of the state. If you happen to drive onto thier reservations, be respectful and obey all of their laws.
The present Oklahoma State Flag adopted by the State Legislature in 1925, is Oklahoma's 14th flag. This shows a sky blue field with a central device: an Indian war shield of tan buckskin showing small crosses on the face -- the Indian design for stars -- and seven eagle feathers pendent for the edge of the shield. An Indian peace pipe (calumet) with a pipestone bowl and a tassel at the end of the pipestem lies on the shield; above the Indian peace pipe is an olive branch, the white man's emblem of peace. Underneath the shield or design in white letters is the word 'Oklahoma.'
Text is from the 1997-1998 Oklahoma Almanac, Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
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Oklahoma - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
It is a really bad idea to keep a stereotype of Okie's being "hicks". There are universities in Oklahma and many Okies also go to universities elsewhere, like the east coast. Having an accent or dialect does not indicate lack of intelligence. Afterall, people who go to Harvard, often say "Pahk da' Cah" rather than "Park the Car" do they not?
Education level aside, they have the same norms for "good behavior" as anywhere else, the big difference is that there are fewer "aires" they are just down to earth and like to make visitors feel comfortable. They will appreciate a firm handshake with good eye contact.
People are really friendly in Oklahoma, so if you're walking out of a restaurant and they look at you and say "Hi", they're probably not trying to "pick you up", they're just being polite. And if you don't say "Hi" back they'll think you are rude and probably from "up north somewhere". Okie's generally have a stereotype that people from the northeast are rude and unfriendly.
We had read that Oklahoma is fairly conservative when it comes to alcohol and such matters. Not taking any chances, we stopped in McKinney, Texas on our way out of Dallas to get a few supplies for the weekend - only to discover that it was a "dry" town! It had never occurred to me that this could be a local town decision. While there we did buy some CDs for our pleasure as we drove along! We went a few miles up the road and managed to get what we needed - I never did find out what the true story is in Oklahoma!
Oklahoma State Song
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II.........................
Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain,
And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.
Oklahoma, ev'ry night my honey lamb and I
Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin' lazy circles in the sky.
We know we belong to the land
And the land we belong to is grand!
And when we say--Yeeow! A-yip-i-o-ee ay!
We're only sayin' You're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma--O.K.
Wave to people as you travel the 'back roads' here. Lots of folks just do that even though we have never met or spoken to each other. Just a casual wave, not a 'granny wave' from Beverly Hillbillies though! Not a lot of people use turnsignals here, too busy or too lazy I guess, so be prepaired for it. There's lots of cattle roaming the ranches so occasionaly one gets to the greener grass on the other side of the fence too.
Dumb Oklahoma Laws
Violators can be fined, arrested or jailed for making ugly faces at a dog.
Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state.
Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property.
Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another's hamburger.
It is against the law to read a comic book while operating a motor vehicle.
Whaling is illegal.
It is illegal to have the hind legs of farm animals in your boots.
Residents are taxed for the furniture in their homes, and any other personal belongings. (Repealed 1998)
People who make 'ugly faces' at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
Cars must be tethered outside of public buildings. (Repealed)
Anyone arrested for soliciting a hooker must have their name and picture shown on television.
Tattoos are banned.
No one may spit on a sidewalk.
It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.
Fish may not be contained in fishbowls while on a public bus.
Tissues are not to be found in the back of one's car.
If you wear New York Jets clothing, you may be put in jail.
Molesting an automobile is illegal.
It is unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window.
No one may walk backwards downtown while eating a hamburger.
Women may not gamble in the nude, in lingerie, or while wearing a towel.
You may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.
Elephants are not to be taken into the downtown area.
One's mode of transportation must be tied up while not attended.
Mules may not drink out of bird baths.
Clothes may not be washed in bird baths.
It is illegal to tie a horse in front of city hall.
While passing another vehicle, you must honk your horn.
And the newest lawSent to me by WFTRIn Oklahoma, it is illegal to possess the feather of a blue jay unless you are a registered Native American artist and using the feather for your art.
Oklahoma is in the Bible Belt, which for me was a major adjustment since I am not the most religious person in the world. Bars are closed on Sundays as well as liquor stores and the liquor stores close by 9pm--but you can still by beer until 2am at anyplace that is open!
Unfriendliness is taken personally. No one knows how to properly merge into traffic. The phrase, 'You people,' from an outsider is grating to the ears, as is a NE accent. Barbeque is beef unless otherwise specified. You are amid a large number of conservative Christians who believe things must be run according to God's wishes as they perceive them, and do not want to hear your opinion. A brushhog is not a farm animal. Just eat and drink with Oklahomans, share stories, and be nonjudgmental, and hope to get the same in return
there is no road rage in oklahoma. if you want to cut through 5 lanes of traffic at once to get off at an exit people will let you through and wish you well as you go. and i'm not talking about the 'one finger salute.' but don't take this for granted. remember that you should recipricate the kindness and be patient and understanding with them
We saw more oil rigs and natural gas facilities in Oklahoma than Texas. The photo is from the display at the Oklahoma City History Center.
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