Mike Larsen Portraits

Sharing Oral Histories

Around the fire in Kullihoma, four more elders share their memories. Irene Digby is reminded by the fire of her late son, who constructed a huge firepit on which to cook the traditional pashofa dish. Leone "Bea" Barrick recalls picking cotton and buying a chili bun and a Milky Way bar for lunch when she could get a dime. Robert Greenwood discusses the Marine ethic and expresses pride in the accomplishments of the Chickasaw Nation. And Haskell Alexander remembers how few non-Chickasaws had any awareness of Chickasaw culture as recently as the 1970s: "When did we really become proud of being Chickasaw?" They also address how honored they were to be painted as honored elders by acclaimed artist Mike Larsen.