A time of reunion, fellowship and cultural renewal; the Chickasaw Nation 57th Annual Meeting and 29th Chickasaw Festival gets underway Sept. 29 through Oct. 7.
Chickasaws from across America attend the week-long event, which is highlighted by Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby’s “State of the Nation” address during Annual Meeting.
A Chickasaw institution since 1960, Annual Meeting begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 in Fletcher Auditorium on the Murray State College campus.
A live video stream of the Chickasaw Annual Meeting will be available at Chickasaw.net/AnnualMeeting, and a live audio stream will be available on KCNP 89.5 FM in Ada, 89.3 FM, Dickson and www.KCNP.org.
Chickasaws have congregated annually for fellowship and celebration of the tribe’s culture and history since an informal 1960 gathering at Seeley Chapel, a rural church in Johnston County.
Annual Meeting is a capstone of a week-long celebration of Chickasaw customs, heritage and traditions during the Chickasaw Festival.
The week features the coronation of tribal princesses, stickball, fun runs, archery, horse shoes, senior and junior Olympics, golf tournament, coed slow-pitch softball and artists of southeastern tribes showing top talent at the Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM), Oct. 6-7.
Venues in Tishomingo, Ada, and Sulphur area will host activities throughout the week beginning with stickball competition and a stomp dance Friday, Sept. 29 and a Traditional Cornstalk Shoot Saturday, Sept. 30 at Kullihoma, located 7 miles east of Ada on S.H. 1.
Several activities are planned in Tishomingo Saturday, Sept. 30, including a one-mile fun walk and 5K run, co-ed softball tournament, a golf tournament, museum tours, Junior Olympics and a stickball tournament.
Three young ladies will be crowned Chickasaw Princess, Little Miss Chickasaw and Chickasaw Junior Princess during the Chickasaw Princess Pageant, 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 2 at Ada High School Cougar Activity Center. New princesses will serve the remainder of 2017 and into autumn 2018 as ambassadors of the Chickasaw Nation at events around the state and across the nation.
Chickasaw Cultural Evening will host artists, Chickasaw Press authors, a traditional meal of pashofa, grape dumplings, pork and fry bread, Thursday, Oct. 5, beginning at 4 p.m., at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Sulphur, a world-class facility dedicated to educating and celebrating the history, beliefs and traditions of the Chickasaw.
Chickasaw Nation Arts and Culture Awards, conducted on the cultural center campus Oct. 5, will honor the Silver Feather Award recipient and name the Dynamic Chickasaw Woman of the Year. Ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Anoli’ Theatre.
The hub of activity is the Chickasaw Nation Historic Capital, located in Tishomingo, where school children are invited to join the fun by learning to play stickball, trying their hand at archery, touring historic Chickasaw Nation buildings, stomp dancing and learning techniques in ancient arts and crafts during the week.
The Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM) opens at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 6 at the historic capitol grounds in Tishomingo. The show is open to all artists of Southeast and Woodlands tribes. Last year more than 85 artists participated. SEASAM artists will also showcase their works from 11:30-5 p.m., Saturday Oct. 7.
Other events scheduled for Oct. 7 include; a parade, arts and crafts vendors, cultural demonstrators, food booths, a health fair, horseshoe tournament, children’s activities, entertainment, a parent/child fishing tournament, storytelling, and Stomp Dance and Stickball demonstrations.
A complete listing of events, locations and schedules is available online at www.Chickasaw.net/AnnualMeeting. Event schedule is subject to change. Please visit often for the latest event updates
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For more information call (580) 371-2040 or 1 (800) 593-3356.