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Thrive: Traditions

2 Seasons • 15 Episodes
Thrive: Traditions highlights Chickasaw artisans who breathe new life into cultural traditions like basket weaving, pottery and beading.

Episodes

Painting

S4 • E2
Chickasaw painter Margaret Dillard discusses the process and inspiration behind her artworks.

Bead Artistry

S4 • E1
Chickasaw beadwork artist Ashley Wallace makes colorful creations using skills taught to her by her grandmother.

The Legacy of Bow Making

S3 • E12
Chickasaw bow maker Wayne Scribner learned the craft from an elder and strives to pass it on to future generations.

Jewelry

S3 • E11
Chickasaw artist Susie Edgar says that she treats jewelry crafting as a form of prayer.

Quilt Making

S3 • E10
Chickasaw quilter Peggy Immohotichey describes learning how to quilt by hand and working to keep the tradition alive.

Textile Art

S3 • E9
Chickasaw textile artist Tyra Shackleford works to preserve ancient techniques while applying them to modern objects.

Bead Artisan

S3 • E8
The intricate and painstaking beadwork scenes of Chickasaw artist Steve Adamietz still celebrate imperfection.

Woodturning

S3 • E7
Chickasaw woodturner Vicki Somers describes the technical and spiritual dimensions of making discarded wood into art.

Traditional Stories: How Day and Night Were Divided

S3 • E6
Chickasaw storyteller Lorie Carmichael gives an account of the animal council that evenly split night and day.

Turkey Calls

S3 • E5
Chickasaw master craftsman Wayne Edgar demonstrates the art of constructing and using traditional wild turkey calls.

Beadwork

S3 • E4
Chickasaw beader Courtney Parchcorn explains different traditional beading techniques and how they tell stories.

Stomp Dancing

S3 • E3
Chickasaw dancer Julie Underwood explains the significance of traditional stomp dancing and shell shaking.

Flint Knapping

S3 • E2
Chickasaw flint knapper Matthew Griffin's love of archaeology led him to start crafting his own stone tools using traditional methods.

Beaded Jewelry

S3 • E1
Artisan Melvin Burris, who makes baskets and jewelry, describes the passion behind his crafts.

Brent Greenwood Art

S2 • E12
Brent Greenwood is a Chickasaw and Ponca artist who focuses on acrylics and mixed media.

Bow Making

S2 • E11
Elihu says that if it wasn't for the Chickasaws' prowess with the bow and arrow, it's likely they would've been conquered by European explorers.

Storytelling

S2 • E10
Chickasaw storyteller Lorie Carmichael describes the importance of passing traditions down through generations.

Drum Making

S2 • E9
Since the beginning of the Chickasaws, drums and rattles were used in social dances.

Beaded Collars

S2 • E8
Chickasaw bead artist Kelly Reynolds shares her love of the traditional beaded collar.

Flutes

S2 • E7
Chickasaw artisan Jeremy Wallace described the cultural and historical significance of the flute.
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Videos

Three Sisters Celebration

30s
Take part in the annual Three Sisters Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center with a host of new exhibits.

2018 Christmas Celebration & Fine Arts Market

30s
The Chickasaw Cultural Center's Christmas Celebration & Fine Arts Market is a favorite annual event for all ages!

2018 Fall Festival

30s
Don't miss the Chickasaw Cultural Center's annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20.

2018 Labor Day Celebration

30s
Join in a festive Labor Day Weekend celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center September 1-2!

2018 Memorial Day Celebration

30s
Salute the start of summer at the Chickasaw Cultural Center with the annual Memorial Weekend Celebration May 26th and 27th!

Chickasaw Historical Society

2m 30s
The Chickasaw Historical Society partners with divisions across the Nation to preserve our vibrant past.

2017 Christmas Celebration & Fine Arts Market

30s
The Chickasaw Cultural Center's Christmas Celebration & Fine Arts Market is a favorite annual event for all ages!

2017 Fall Festival

30s
Don't miss the annual Fall Festival at the Chickasaw Cultural Center on October 21!

2017 Labor Day Celebration

30s
Join in a festive Labor Day Weekend celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center September 2-3!

Chickasaw Nation Warrior Society

2m
Today's servicemen and women continue to carry on their ancestors' fierce bravery.

2017 Children's Festival

30s
Join the Chickasaw Cultural Center on Saturday, June 24 for this special day full of just-for-kids fun!

2017 Memorial Day Celebration

30s
Salute the start of summer at the Chickasaw Cultural Center with the annual Memorial Weekend Celebration May 27th and 28th!

2017 Artesian Arts Festival

30s
Join us for the fourth annual Artesian Arts Festival this Memorial Day Weekend!

Artesian Arts Festival

2m
The Artesian Arts Festival is easily one of the most adored annual events in Chickasaw Country.

Lowak Sho'li Forum

2m
As part of National Arts and Humanities month, the Chickasaw Nation hosts the Lowak Sho’li forum every October.

Music Video: "We Are One"

3m
Take a look back at the 2016 Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting & Festival with this brand-new music video.

The Chickasaw Times

1m
The Chickasaw Times provides information about services available to Chickasaw citizens as well as feature stories, events and more.

Chickasaw Nation Division of Historic Preservation

2m 30s
The Chickasaw Nation Division of Historic Preservation works to make sure stories from the original homelands are carried into future generations.

Memorial Weekend Celebration

30s
Welcome the coming of summer with a Memorial Weekend Celebration & Salute at the Chickasaw Cultural Center!

Third Annual Artesian Arts Festival

30s
Join us for the third annual Artesian Arts Festival this Memorial Day Weekend in Sulphur, Oklahoma!
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Places

De Soto National Memorial

Commemorates the landing of Hernando de Soto, who encountered the Chickasaws in 1540
This National Memorial is dedicated to the historic landing of the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in Florida in 1539.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

The Mississippian culture's largest and most influential urban settlement
This site was where Mississippian culture thrived before European explorers landed in the Americas.

Chickasaw White House

Built in 1885, this historic landmark was the home of Chickasaw Governor Douglas H. Johnston
The Chickasaw White House was built in 1895 in Emet, Oklahoma, and served as the home of Chickasaw Governor Douglas H. Johnston.

Kullihoma

A tribal reserve with traditional Chickasaw dwellings
Spanning over 1,500 acres, Kullihoma is a Chickasaw tribal reserve that serves as a gathering place for reuniting Chickasaw people.

Historic Capitol and Council House Museum

Honors the Chickasaws' rich history and located in Chickasaw Nation's historic capital city
The Chickasaw Council House Museum honors the rich culture of the Chickasaw and features one of the largest collections of Chickasaw art & culture.

Chickasaw Cultural Center

A world-class, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to Chickasaw history and culture
The world-class Chickasaw Cultural Center opened near Sulphur, Oklahoma, in 2010.

Blackland Prairie

The historical lands of the Chickasaw people
The Blackland Prairie refers to the location where the Chickasaw people lived, farmed and gathered food.

The Homelands

The Original Chickasaw Settlement
When the Chickasaw tribe migrated from west to east, they stopped in present-day Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.