Labor Day 2013

Last weekend was our annual Labor Day Celebration.

We had such an awesome turnout! I can't believe there were more than 1,400 people who came to participate!

If you missed it, there were a lot of activities in our Living Village!

Cultural demonstrations were in full swing!

laborday1.jpgThe summer and winter homes were a big hit with the children! They loved playing with the replicas!

laborday2.jpgIt was a gorgeous day. Perfect for stomp dancing!

laborday3.jpglaborday4.jpglaborday5.jpglaborday6.jpgIn the picture above, they are doing the “Snake Dance.” It is my favorite because it starts out slow and finishes really fast!

laborday7.jpgDo you see the female dancers in the photo above? They are wearing shell shakers. Worn on the legs, the shell shakers provide the primary rhythm that is traditionally made from turtle shells filled with river rocks.

Another feature of the Living Village is the living history performers.

laborday8.jpgThe living history performers wear traditional dress similar to Chickasaw living in the 1750s. They offered interactive activities for the whole family including; stickball, storytelling, archery and traditional children’s games.

Chickasaw artist George Beach was in attendance for a "Meet the Artist" opportunity in the Aaittafama' Room.

laborday9.jpgMr. Beach is known for his Native inspired drift wood sculptures, he has been carving wood since he was 9 years old.

laborday10.jpgMr. Beach found the drift wood scuba diving. He carved the wood using chain saws and other carving tools to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

laborday11.jpgIsn’t his work beautiful? I love the wolf pictured above.

laborday12.jpgMr. Beach’s art will be featured at the Chickasaw Cultural Center from Aug. 31- Sept. 22.

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For more information about our traveling exhibits, click here.

Until next time,
Chukma!

-Brittney