Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate Our Rich Culture, Traditions and History

Recognizing the significant contributions that native people have made to American society, November has been designated as Native American Heritage Month. In honor of this special occasion, watch some of our latest cultural videos and explore stories of ancestral pride with Chickasaw citizens.

Native American Heritage Month

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The latest episode of Thrive honors November as Native American Heritage Month.

Traditional Medicine

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Learn about the ancient methods of traditional Chickasaw healers—and the contemporary seekers after their vanishing knowledge.

Matriarchs

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Six elders talk about the Chickasaw past and the women who served as their role models.

Beadwork

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Chickasaw beader Courtney Parchcorn explains different traditional beading techniques and how they tell stories.

Traditional Stories: How Day and Night Were Divided

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Chickasaw storyteller Lorie Carmichael gives an account of the animal council that evenly split night and day.

Cyrus Harris

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Cyrus Harris emerged as a leader amidst the move to Indian Territory and became the first Governor of the Chickasaw Nation.

Bow Making

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Elihu says that if it wasn't for the Chickasaws' prowess with the bow and arrow, it's likely they would've been conquered by European explorers.

Chickasaw Historical Society

Chickasaw Nation Citizen Benefits
The Chickasaw Historical Society partners with divisions across the Nation to preserve our vibrant past.

Mike Larsen Portraits

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Four elders discuss their life experiences and their depiction in a series of elder portraits by acclaimed Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen.

Stomp Dancing

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Chickasaw dancer Julie Underwood explains the significance of traditional stomp dancing and shell shaking.

Arrival In Indian Territory—Fort Washita

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Challenges encountered in Indian Territory by the newly relocated Chickasaws led to the construction of Fort Washita.

Drum Making

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Since the beginning of the Chickasaws, drums and rattles were used in social dances.

Elders Speak Premiere

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We honor our elders for their knowledge, wisdom, history and experience. In an intimate fireside setting, hear their priceless stories.

Turkey Calls

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Chickasaw master craftsman Wayne Edgar demonstrates the art of constructing and using traditional wild turkey calls.

The Lasting Historical Impact of the Chickasaws

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The Chickasaws’ strong position on the Mississippi River blocked the path of French colonization.

Textile Art

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Chickasaw textile artist Tyra Shackleford works to preserve ancient techniques while applying them to modern objects.

Governor Douglas Johnston

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In the premier episode of Chickasaw Leaders & Legacies, journey back through Chickasaw history to learn about Governor Douglas Johnston.

Chickasaw Nation Division of Historic Preservation

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The Chickasaw Nation Division of Historic Preservation works to make sure stories from the original homelands are carried into future generations.

The Voices of Our Ancestors

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For centuries, Chickasaw passed down their sacred stories in their native tongue as oral histories, keeping the voices of their ancestors alive.

Beaded Collars

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Chickasaw bead artist Kelly Reynolds shares her love of the traditional beaded collar.

And Our Mothers Cried

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For several generations of Native American children the reality of the late 19th and early 20th centuries meant separation from their families.

Preserving the Past

Towana Spivey
Towana Spivey is a curator, historian, archaeologist, cultural preservationist and the former director of the Fort Sill Museum.

My Teaching Draws on Our Heritage

Margaret Roach Wheeler
Margaret Roach Wheeler explains why teaching art and incorporating Chickasaw heritage is so rewarding.

Growing Up With a Chickasaw Mother

Tom Cole
Tom Cole illustrates his experience of growing up with a Chickasaw mother.

Inspiration from My Ancestors

Kristen Dorsey
Though Kristen Dorsey was born and raised in Los Angeles, far from the majority of her people, her Chickasaw heritage still holds great meaning.

Passing on Crafts to Family Members

Michael and Tim Cornelius
Michael Cornelius is a flute maker who specializes in crafting traditional Chickasaw flutes he constructs from river cane.