The sun sets on attendees of the Cultural Evening as they share culture and camaraderie in the Chikasha Inchokka' Traditional Village.
A traditional Chickasaw hominy-based dish called pashofa is prepared for community members visiting the Chikasha Inchokka' Traditional Village at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.
SULPHUR, Okla. – An evening of sharing Chickasaw culture and honoring heritage, art and talent is the focus of both the Chickasaw Nation Cultural Evening as well as the Arts and Culture Awards ceremony, Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.
Both events are open to the public and part of the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival.
As part of the Cultural Evening, 4-8 p.m., attendees can expect to experience Chickasaw culture and history through a variety of activities in the Chikasha Inchokka' Traditional Village.
A prayer, posting of colors and remarks by Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby will open the Cultural Evening at the Kochcha' Aabiniili' (a place for sitting outside) Ampitheater. Then a toll of the dinner bell signals time for a traditional evening meal served in the village.
Traditional Chickasaw foods served will include grape dumplings and pashofa. Pashofa is not only a staple when it comes to the dishes offered at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, it has also been a staple in Chickasaw households for centuries. In addition to its place in social and ceremonial events, the corn-based meal is still consumed often as a tasty traditional treat.
During and after meal time, activities for the entire family will be available in the Chikasha Inchokka' Traditional Village. Cultural demonstrations will be conducted. Artists and craftspeople situated across the grounds will show their wares. Stickball, traditional games and stomp dancing are also highlights of the evening.
Arts and Culture Awards Ceremony
The Chickasaw Nation Arts and Culture Awards will take place the same evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Anoli' Theatre.
A livestream of the awards will be available at AnnualMeeting.Chickasaw.net.
The Dynamic Chickasaw Woman of the Year and Silver Feather award recipients will be honored during the ceremony.
Winners of the Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM), including “Best of Show” will also be presented.
SEASAM provides an opportunity for tribal artists to gather and celebrate the Southeastern and Woodland Arts. The art market is open Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6 at the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival, Tishomingo.
Chickasaw Press and White Dog Press will release new publications during the Arts and Culture Awards.
New from the Chickasaw Press will be, “A Chickasaw Historical Atlas” authored by Stanley Nelson, “Never Give Up! The Life of Pearl Carter Scott (Collector’s Edition),” by Paul F. Lambert and “Chickasaw Basic Language: Workbook II” created by Michelle Cooke and the Chickasaw Nation Language Committee.
Chickasaw Press releases will also include a Choctaw hymns app, produced in partnership with the Choctaw Nation and derived from the print version of the Choctaw Hymns Book. It is available for download free of charge at the App Store, Google Play and Amazon.
The Chickasaw Press imprint, White Dog Press, will release “Chula the Fox,” by Anthony Perry and “Little Loksi” by Trey Hays and Eli Corbin will be unveiled. Also available will be a coloring book titled “C is for Chickasaw,” created by Wiley Barnes and Aaron K. Long to accompany the softcover book with the same name.
“Adventures of the Three Little Shokhoshis” is a rendition of The Three Little Pigs produced by 2017 Holisso Ikbi (Book Creation) Camp Students. It incorporates Chickasaw language and cultural elements and is illustrated with textured, cartoon-style cutouts crafted by the students.
All books will be for sale during cultural evening and authors will be on hand to sign copies.
A reception will be conducted immediately following the awards ceremony.
For a complete listing of events, locations and schedules for the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival visit AnnualMeeting.Chickasaw.net or call (580) 371-2040 or (800) 593-3356.
The Chickasaw Cultural Center is located at 867 Cooper Memorial Road, Sulphur. Visit www.ChickasawCulturalCenter.com for more information.