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The Mississippi River provided an essential resource for the tribe's people: river cane. This Chickasaw necessity was used for everything from basketry to tool making – disciplines that are still passed down at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Artist Jeremy Wallace: Creation of Blow Guns

The Chickasaw Southeastern Art Show & Market

Chickasaw artist and musician Jeremy Wallace described how the art of his blowguns evolved and the history of their use. The designs he used told the story of Chickasaw lives and lifeways. His close ties to his culture had roots in Mississippi and Oklahoma and he was inspired by the lives of his ancestors and family.

Jeremy’s life was tragically cut short in 2017, but his Chickasaw spirit will always be remembered.

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Artist Jeremy Wallace: Double Spiral Design

The Chickasaw Southeastern Art Show & Market
Chickasaw artist Jeremy Wallace discussed the symbolism that the double spiral design held for him in the creation of his traditional blow guns.

Artist Jeremy Wallace: Inspired by Ancestors

The Chickasaw Southeastern Art Show & Market
Chickasaw artist Jeremy Wallace was inspired by the voices of his ancestors.

Artist Jeremy Wallace: Respecting the Rabbit

The Chickasaw Southeastern Art Show & Market
Chickasaw artist Jeremy Wallace provided insight into the respect his ancestors held for all living creatures.

Artist Jeremy Wallace: Ceremonial Drums

The Chickasaw Southeastern Art Show & Market
Jeremy Wallace was inspired by his drums, which made the sound of a heartbeat and represented the heartbeat of the Chickasaw people.

Artist Jeremy Wallace: Drum Design

The Chickasaw Southeastern Art Show & Market
Chickasaw artist Jeremy Wallace discussed one of his painted drums.

Jeremy Wallace: Drumming and Singing

The Chickasaw Nation
During the always-popular Stomp Dances, singing is half the fun — and also has spiritual meaning.