The Chickasaw Cultural Center: Stomp Dance Demonstration

Experience Chickasaw History and Culture

The Stomp Dance is an important aspect of Chickasaw culture that illustrates the Nation's spiritual and musical connection to the environment through a variety of songs and dances, beginning with the "Friendship Dance." The Stomp Dancers perform in the Chickasaw Cultural Center's Amphitheater, Tribal Village and Anoli' Theater in traditional costumes, hats, and shoes Monday through Saturday from 11:00 - 11:30 am.

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Traditional Songs and Dance

Jeannie Barbour
Jeannie Barbour describes the social nature in today’s traditional songs and dances, as well as the different roles of men and women.

Eddie Postoak: Stomp Dance Prayer

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Cultural demonstrator Eddie Postoak describes the stomp dance, every aspect of which is spiritual and of central significance to the Chickasaws.

Traditional Stomp Dancing

Joshua Hinson, Director, Language Department, Division of Culture & Humanities, Chickasaw Nation
Joshua Hinson explains how stomp dance is a ceremonial tradition for the people of Southwestern tribes.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center: The Anoli' Theater

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The 350-seat Anoli' ("stories") Theater features a 2,700-square-foot screen, comfortable seats, and showcases Chickasaw films.

Stomp Dance: Conversations with God

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Chickasaw stomp dances have always held spiritual significance.

Shell Shakers: Stomp Dance Rhythm-Makers

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Turtle shell shakers are used in traditional stomp dances and are worn on the legs of Chickasaw women.