Flint Knapping

Chickasaw Culture Keepers

Chickasaw citizen Matthew Griffin's study of archaeology in graduate school led to a keen interest in the crafting and function of the stone tools and projectile points that he encountered in archaeological digs. Now in addition to studying these artifacts, he uses a traditional toolkit to make his own. "This allows me to do something that my ancestors did," Griffin explains. "They took living to an art form." His flint knapping work provides him with a sense of accomplishment and a connection to the traditions that are integral to Chickasaw identity.