The Chickasaws’ deep relationship with nature continues to thrive today. Visitors are able to tour the beautiful gardens at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, including the picturesque Spiral Garden. In Chickasaw tradition, the spiral shape signifies a long life, one that’s a never-ending journey. Surrounding the Spiral Garden is the Three Sisters Garden, a demonstration of an ancient system of growing food through companion planting. The Spiral Garden provides fruits and vegetables that are used in Aaimpa' Café recipes. For more information about the Spiral Garden, click here.
The Chickasaws’ deep relationship with nature continues to thrive today and still affects traditional food practices.
A variety of foods are considered traditional Chickasaw fare, the most notable of which are grape dumplings, Indian fry bread and pashofa. In the videos below, explore traditional recipes that will excite the taste buds, and learn about cultural practices that ensure the importance of food, family and Chickasaw heritage are never forgotten.
February 18th, 2014
Pashofa is a traditional Chickasaw & Choctaw dish made from cracked corn, or hominy, and stewed pork.
March 6th, 2013
To understand nature is to be patient with its process. The Chickasaw have come to know how everything is intertwined in the natural world.
February 18th, 2014
Native Americans, and Chickasaws in particular, have a rich history of using wild onions in their cooking.
October 28th, 2010
Lisa loves to prepare frybread biscuits, pashofa, hogmeat in the big black kettle.
April 11th, 2011
This three sisters stew is full of protein from lean ground beef, red kidney beans and black-eyed peas.
July 29th, 2011
The Aaimpa' ("a place to eat") Café serves traditional Chickasaw dishes.
November 15th, 2011
Friends Vicki Penner and JoAnn Ellis have gathered more than 50 traditional Chickasaw recipes in the latest publication by the Chickasaw Press.