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  • The Historic Map of the Unconquered and Unconquerable People


    As fall is approaching, I can’t help but look back on a few highlights from the summer. It was a time filled with celebration and excitement!

    One of my favorite events was Ponokfónkha, a day of remembrance. On July 27 the Chickasaw Cultural Center hosted a special ceremony horning Chickasaws who persevered through hardships of the Great Removal from the Homelands in 1837.

    On this day Governor Bill Anoatubby officially unveiled the Historic Map of the Unconquered and Unconquerable People.

    The award-winning map stands 8 feet tall and is made of granite and Turkish marble. The map displays...

  • 1700s Beadwork of Southeastern Tribes


    “1700s Beadwork of Southeastern Tribes” exhibit is now open in the Holisso: The Center for the Study of Chickasaw History and Culture.

    Currently on loan from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, this collection showcases beautiful beadwork from the Southeastern Native Tribes.

    Neil Curtis, the Head of Museums at the University of Aberdeen, traveled from Scotland to install the exhibit.

    The exhibit features woven and beaded items that date back to the 1700s. 

    These exquisite pieces were collected by William Ogilvie, an alumna of University of Aberdeen, between 1765 and 1775. 

    For some of...

  • Dugout Canoe Exhibit!


    “Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas” is now open!

    This world-class Dugout Canoe Exhibit sprang from the world’s largest archaeological find – 101 ancient dugouts discovered in a dry lake bed in Florida just a decade ago.

    Located in the Aaittafama' Room, this exhibit includes hundreds of objects that showcase canoe-making, paddles, tools, fishing equipment, model canoes and more.

    Also, there are several hands-on activities, something the kids are sure to enjoy!

    There’s even a replica canoe to climb in, perfect for a family photo op!

    Did I mention there are ancient canoes on...