The Blog

  • Sun Circles


    The campus grounds at the cultural center are a sight to see. Featuring natural elements like wood, stone and copper, we strive to create a warm and welcoming environment for our visitors.

    One of my favorite places to view our natural environment is the Oka' Aabiniili' (“a place for sitting on the water”) Water Pavilion. The Oka' Aabiniili' Water Pavilion features a deck that extends over a serenely landscaped pond. Guests can take in the tranquility of the area and view of the fountain that serves as the centerpiece of the Aaholiitobli' Honor Garden.

    Located around the pond are the Sun...

  • 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...

  • Chickasaw Summer House


    The Chikasha Inchokka' (“Chickasaw house”) Traditional Village is a recreation of a historical Native American village. Located in the Tradtional Village is the Toompalliꞌ chokkaꞌ or summer house. The summer house was a lighter structure designed to provide shade from the sun and protection from the rain.
     The timbers that formed the walls of the summer house were made from thin strips of pine or cypress.

    Notice how the building is the shape of a rectangle? This shape provided a long peaked roof, allowing the eaves to be vented –which let the breeze easily pass through the...