Regalia

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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.

Costumes for Lowak Dance Troupe, Scene 1

Margaret Roach Wheeler

Margaret Wheeler shows us the costumes she designed for six Chickasaw Dance Troupe couples who dance in two numbers. In the first, the look represents the time of European contact (1541) and the arrival of trade cloth. Men were wearing a cloth poet-style shirt with armbands, gorgets and woven belts – all popular trade items – but with buckskin leggings. The women’s costumes are one-shouldered as their buckskin dresses were, but made of trade cloth and fringed, reflecting the European influence in the 17th century.

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Lowak Shoppala': Costumes, Headdresses Transformed the Actors

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The Bird: Lowak Shoppala' Costume

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Margaret Wheeler introduces the Bird Clan leader costume she designed for Lowak Shoppala', with feathers embedded in hand-woven silk wool.

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The Removal: Lowak Shoppala' Costume

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The Storyteller: Lowak Shoppala' Costume

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Margaret Wheeler introduces this costume she designed for the Lowak Shoppala’ Storyteller, who tells a turtle tale.

Costumes for Lowak Dance Troupe, Scene 2

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Margaret Wheeler shows us her costumes for the second number performed by the six couples, reflecting 18th century dress.

Lowak Shoppala' Costumes: Worn by Modern Chickasaws

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Margaret Wheeler describes the array of costumes she designed for the Lowak Shoppala’ production to represent each scene.