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 Squirrel: Lowak Shoppala' Costume

Margaret Roach Wheeler

Margaret Wheeler introduces the Squirrel Clan leader costume she designed for the Lowak Shoppala’ theatrical production. She describes her research into designs and materials used in the prehistoric Mississippian-era – and how it influenced her choices. She designed mannequins to display the costumes at an exhibit at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

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Margaret Wheeler Costumes at the Cultural Center

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Lona Barrick talks about Margaret Roach Wheeler's beautiful designs and her exhibit at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

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

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

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.

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.

The Alligator Clan: Lowak Shoppala' Costumes

Margaret Roach Wheeler
Margaret Wheeler shows us this costume, inspired by a shell carving she found at the Smithsonian.

The Panther Clan: Lowak Shoppala' Costumes

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

The Minko: Lowak Shoppala' Costumes

Margaret Roach Wheeler
Margaret Wheeler notes the mannequins for her costume exhibit at the Cultural Center were designed to represent copper.

Lowak Costumes: Detail on Clans

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