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.

Pottery: Evidence of Ancient Fabric

Margaret Roach Wheeler

Chickasaw weaver and clothing designer Margaret Roach Wheeler says that evidence of ancient Chickasaw fibers and fabric have been found in pottery excavated from mound sites such as Wickliffe Mounds.

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Designer's Imagination Nurtured by Nature and Freedom

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Margaret Roach Wheeler describes how her early connection with nature influences her artistic designs.

My Artwork: Diverse Tribal Influences

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Chickasaw weaver and clothing designer Margaret Roach Wheeler became interested in Native American art at a young age.

Breakthrough: Interpreting My Own Culture

Margaret Roach Wheeler
Margaret Roach Wheeler describes how she transitioned from being a teacher to starting her own business.

After Teaching: Starting My Own Business

Margaret Roach Wheeler
Margaret Roach Wheeler describes how she transitioned from being a teacher to starting her own business.

First Museum Work: Creating A Living Painting

Margaret Roach Wheeler
Margaret Roach Wheeler reflects on how her early museum projects fostered creativity and influenced her artistic style.

The Birth of Mahota Handwovens

Margaret Roach Wheeler
Margaret Roach Wheeler looks back on her early museum shows and the birth of Mahota handwovens.