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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.

Coil-Building Pottery: Ancestral Technique

Joanna Underwood Blackburn

Chickasaw artist and potter Joanna Underwood Blackburn explains that she learned the ancestral technique of coil-building pottery in college. She also says that in the beginning, she used a trial and error method because very few teaching resources were available.

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Pottery: Drawn to Chickasaw History

Joanna Underwood Blackburn
Joanna Underwood Blackburn was introduced to pottery as a college student at the University of Oklahoma.

Pottery: Experimenting With New Techniques

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Joanna Underwood Blackburn describes some of the techniques she uses to create her pottery.

Pottery: The Butterfly Design

Joanna Underwood Blackburn
Joanna Underwood Blackburn shares one of her pots with a butterfly design.

Research: Chickasaw Pottery, Ancient Designs

Joanna Underwood Blackburn
Joanna Underwood Blackburn reflects on how she researched traditional Chickasaw pottery and ancient designs, materials and techniques.

Reviving Southeastern Pottery Design

Joanna Underwood Blackburn
Joanna Underwood Blackburn shares a story about meeting other artists who are also reviving the pottery designs of the southeastern tribes.

Pottery: Evolving My Designs

Joanna Underwood Blackburn
Chickasaw artist and potter Joanna Underwood Blackburn describes some of her favorite pottery designs.