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.

The Alligator Clan: Lowak Shoppala' Costumes

Margaret Roach Wheeler

Margaret Wheeler shows us the Alligator Clan costume, inspired by a shell carving she found at the Smithsonian. The breech cloth is a shape she saw on these carvings. She describes the elaborate hair designs of the era, represented by a headdress and braid. She added a buckskin cape with rabbit fur collar. She notes the tattooing done for the production and the exhibit mannequins at the Cultural Center exhibit were accomplished with help from LaDonna Brown, Joanna Underwood and Trina Jones.

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The Squirrel: Lowak Shoppala' Costume

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Margaret Wheeler introduces the Squirrel Clan leader costume she designed for the Lowak Shoppala’ theatrical production.

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.

The Panther Clan: Lowak Shoppala' Costumes

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Margaret Wheeler shows us this stunning costume, remembering when she realized that in Linda Hogan’s poem, this clan leader was a woman.

The Skunk Clan: Lowak Shoppala' Costumes

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Margaret Wheeler shows us the Skunk Clan costume and how she worked with felted silk wool.

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.

Lowak Costumes: Detail on Clans

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Margaret Wheeler provides some background on the clans, which governed and provided social structure to early Indian villages.