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 Removal: Lowak Shoppala' Costume

Margaret Roach Wheeler

Margaret Wheeler reflects on meeting Jerod Tate during which she equated Removal with stripping color from the lives of the Chickasaw people. She devised costumes with colorful ribbons that are removed during this pivotal scene, leaving the costume stark white. She moves to the costume of “The Gatherer,” with its elaborate horned headdress. This character would gather up the ribbons for safekeeping until later. She again draws on Cahokia and her knowledge of the flax used for fabric.

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Using Research to Design Costumes

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Margaret Roach Wheeler describes how she used her research to design costumes for Lowak Shoppala'.

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

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Margaret Roach Wheeler describes the costumes for the scenes before and after European contact in Lowak Shoppala'.

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.

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.

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 1

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

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.