Oklahoma became a state in 1907. Before that it was Oklahoma Indian Territory. People of many tribes were relocated here during the 19th century and a significant number of Oklahomans are of American Indian descent. I am part Cherokee. Powwows are held in many places and feature colorful dancing competitions. The big powwows in Tulsa and Oklahoma City are open to all tribes. These events are an important way in which customs are honored and passed down from generation to generation. Here we see a father helping his son with a very fine costume for the junior dancing contest. They are each wearing a porcupine roach. The roach is typically constructed of porcupine guard hair (not quills) and hair from the tail of the white-tail deer.