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 Bird: Lowak Shoppala' Costume

Margaret Roach Wheeler

Margaret Wheeler introduces the Bird Clan leader costume she designed for Lowak Shoppala', with feathers embedded in hand-woven silk wool. She is always experimenting, integrating materials such as copper, ornaments and garments like those found at prehistoric Indian mound sites such as Cahokia and Spiro, and artists’ depictions of the era.

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Lowak Shoppala': Costumes for Scenes Before and After European Contact

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The Removal: Lowak Shoppala' Costume

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The Storyteller: Lowak Shoppala' Costume

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Costumes for Lowak Dance Troupe, Scene 1

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Margaret Wheeler shows us the costumes she designed for six Chickasaw Dance Troupe couples who dance in two numbers.