Crafts

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From pottery and flute-making to weaving and beading, experience the rich heritage of crafting in the Chickasaw Nation. In the videos below, discover the creative traditions that have brought generations of Chickasaws together.

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. His Chickasaw heritage fuels his desire to share his craft skills with any willing Chickasaw, but he glows with pride when he talks about how his son, Tim, has followed in his footsteps. He has taught his son how to make flutes because it is part of who they are as Chickasaws, but also because it helps pass ancient Chickasaw tradition from one generation to the next.

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