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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

Photography

S4 • E5
When photographer Jim Trosper captures the sky, stars and landscape, it helps him feel a deeper connection to nature and his Chickasaw ancestors.

Metalworking

S4 • E4
Chickasaw metalsmith E. Dee Tabor creates one-of-a-kind, modern pieces that evoke the spirit of the Chickasaw people.

Woven Mats

S4 • E3
Chickasaw weaver Kelley Lunsford appreciates the mathematical thinking and calming practice of creating reed mats.

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.
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Videos

2019 Memorial Day Celebration

30s
Salute the start of summer at the Chickasaw Cultural Center with the annual Memorial Weekend Celebration May 25th and 26th!

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!