Traditional Chickasaw regalia gives a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of this great nation. View the elaborate feather capes, beaded kilts, and other traditional garments still appreciated by modern-day Chickasaws.
Courtney Parchcorn, a cultural demonstrator at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, demonstrates various techniques of traditional beading, from simple loom beading to decorative beaded collars. She talks about performing research to find uniquely Chickasaw patterns and learning the craft from her father. Parchcorn explains how beadwork can tell the stories of a family, and how it gives her a spiritual connection with her ancestors.