Ithana: The Learn and Lunch Series

  • Noon - 1 p.m.
    Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture

  • 💲Limited seating - reservations preferred
    Presentation is free and open to the public
    Lunch option - $5

The Chickasaw Cultural Center will host Ithana: The Learn and Lunch Series Wednesday, Oct. 23, at noon in the Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture.

This month’s topic, Chickasaw Doughboys in World War I - Warriors, Code Talkers, All-American Indian Heroes, will be presented by Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer, Story Archeologist.

Discover the role brave young Chickasaw men played in world history during America’s involvement in the First World War. From years of research, author Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer shares her knowledge of the Choctaw Code Talkers, among whom were Chickasaw. The most notable Choctaw code talker, Sergeant Otis Leader, famously known as the “ideal American doughboy.” Historical photos, little known documents from descendants and stories from the battlefields Sawyer visited in France, bring these men and their heroic service to life.

Presentation is free and open to the public. There is an option to purchase lunch for $5. This week's lunch consist of a gourmet sandwich, pasta salad, pashofa, cookie and a drink.

Due to limited seating, reservations are preferred. Contact the Special Events Department at (580) 622-7130 or email

*IDP credit is available for Chickasaw Nation employees who attend.

About the Speaker:
Story Archeologist, Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer, pieces together past lives and creates stories for her audience. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian honored her as a literary artist through their Artist Leadership Program for her work in preserving Choctaw Trail of Tears stories. She writes historical fiction and conducts research for future projects with her mother, Lynda Kay Sawyer, from her hometown in Texas. Sarah is also tribal member of the Choctaw Nation.

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