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Charles Robinson stands proudly, showcasing his intricately beaded Choctaw vest. The vest features the Choctaw diamond pattern along the edges, inspired by the Diamondback Rattlesnake, a motif significant in Choctaw regalia.

Charles Robinson, a respected member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, has dedicated his life to the practices of storytelling and traditional dance. These forms of cultural expression have deep roots in Choctaw heritage, serving as vital conduits for passing down history, morals, and cultural identity from one generation to the next.

In 1999, an event catalyzed Charles’s journey into educational outreach. He was invited to share his knowledge and experiences with an elementary school class. Upon his arrival, dressed in his full regalia, the teacher introduced him to the young students as “a real live Indian.” This introduction, though well-intentioned, underscored for Charles the profound misunderstandings and stereotypes surrounding Native American communities that were prevalent even among the youngest members of society.

Struck by the encounter and the serious misconceptions it revealed, Charles was inspired to take action. Recognizing the urgent need for authentic representation and education about Native American cultures, he started his organization The Red Road.

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