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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.

Pottery: Drawn to Chickasaw History

Joanna Underwood Blackburn

Joanna Underwood Blackburn was introduced to pottery as a college student at the University of Oklahoma. It was here that she became intrigued by the idea of researching ancient Chickasaw pottery and designs, and discusses her passion for incorporating Southeastern tribes' design into her artwork.

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A Chickasaw Potter

Joanna Underwood Blackburn
Joanna Underwood Blackburn shares some of her family history and reflects back on her early artistic inspirations.

Woodland vs. Mississippian Eras

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Joanna Underwood Blackburn explains the difference between pottery created during the Woodland and Mississippian eras.

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.

Coil-Building Pottery: Ancestral Technique

Joanna Underwood Blackburn
Joanna Underwood Blackburn explains that she learned the ancestral technique of coil-building pottery in college.

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.

Chickasaw Pottery at Tupelo Archaeological Site

Joanna Underwood Blackburn
Joanna Underwood Blackburn describes her visit to the Tupelo, Mississippi, archaeological site where Chickasaw pottery was being excavated.