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 Storyteller: Lowak Shoppala' Costume

Margaret Roach Wheeler

Margaret Wheeler introduces this costume she designed for the Lowak Shoppala’ Storyteller, who tells a turtle tale. She uses a post-removal dress and apron style drawn from the boarding school era, but cloth with turtle-like markings, reflecting the ancient clan era. Chickasaw Children’s Choir sits around the Storyteller.

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The Squirrel: Lowak Shoppala' Costume

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

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.

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.

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 Skunk Clan: Lowak Shoppala' Costumes

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

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.