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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.

Reviving Southeastern Pottery Design

Joanna Underwood Blackburn

Chickasaw artist and potter Joanna Underwood Blackburn shares a story about meeting another Native American artist who is likewise reviving the pottery designs of the southeastern tribes.

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The Chickasaw Southeastern Art Show & Market
The Chickasaw Nation holds the annual SEASAM to promote both the development of native artists and appreciation for the arts.

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

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

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.

Santa Fe Indian Market

Joanna Underwood Blackburn
Joanna Underwood Blackburn describes her experiences at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the largest Native American art market in the country.

Pottery: Evolving My Designs

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

Putting Prayer Into My Pottery

Joanna Underwood Blackburn
Joanna Underwood Blackburn shares a recent fond memory from SEASAM and describes her tradition of praying over her pottery.