Ancestral Lands & Landmarks

Revisit the lands that were home to the original Chickasaws. Recall what led them to become the Nation they are today. Take part in Chickasaw history.

Blackland Prairie

The historical lands of the Chickasaw people
The Blackland Prairie refers to the location where the Chickasaw people lived, farmed and gathered food.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

The Mississippian culture's largest and most influential urban settlement
This site was where Mississippian culture thrived before European explorers landed in the Americas.

De Soto National Memorial

Commemorates the landing of Hernando de Soto, who encountered the Chickasaws in 1540
This National Memorial is dedicated to the historic landing of the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in Florida in 1539.

The Homelands

The Original Chickasaw Settlement
When the Chickasaw tribe migrated from west to east, they stopped in present-day Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Moundville

One of the most significant Native American archaeological sites in the United States
Moundville was a site occupied by Mississippian culture from about 1000 A.D. until 1450 A.D., in central Alabama.

Natchez Trace

An ancient path connecting Native American territories of the southeast United States
The Natchez Trace was a path carved out by Native Americans that travels through several different American Indian territories, including Chickasaw.

Pinson Mounds

The largest collection of mounds in the United States from the Middle Woodland period
The Pinson Mounds are an ancient Native American complex that was discovered in Madison County, Tennessee.

Piominko Statue

Commemorates the rich history of the Chickasaw Nation and its connection to Tupelo
In 2005, sculptor William Beckwith was commissioned to craft a statue that would pay tribute to historic Chickasaw leader Piominko.

Spiro Mounds

One of the most significant archeological discoveries in North America
The Spiro Mounds, located in what is now Le Flore County, Oklahoma, are one of the most significant archeological discoveries in North America.

Wickliffe Mounds

An archaeological complex dating back to the Mississippian culture
Ancient Native Americans inhabited the Wickliffe Mounds between approximately 1100 CE and 1350 CE.