Native American culture in Oklahoma is living, breathing and ever-present. Voices that have echoed across generations can be heard in this land of prairies and plains, where a resilient people once began anew.
A person cannot travel the journey of life without first understanding where he or she has come from or why he or she is moving forward.– Jeannie Barbour, Chickasaw Historian
Long before I existed, my elders were here. They imagined me in their thoughts and dreams, and heard what their elders said about generations to come, and finally those dreams came true and I was born.– Governor Bill Anoatubby, Chickasaw Nation
Experience the rich heritage that runs through Oklahoma’s veins, taking a moment to honor those who helped make this state what it is today.
Witness the wisdom of a tribal storyteller, and feel the beat of the stomp dance rise up from the ground at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.
Stand in awe of the colors and patterns of native regalia at the Red Earth Cultural Festival.
Sample a traditional meal made with ingredients taken straight from the earth at the Aaimpa’ Café.
Take in the fusion of Western and American Indian history at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Watch fibers being thread through a loom at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, solidifying the bond between cultural past and preservation.
Connect to the heart of this great state. Your journey begins here.
Experience a slice of Native American history in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, at the first Chickasaw Council House built in Indian Territory. Today, the Council House Museum honors the rich culture of the Chickasaw people and features one of the largest collections of Chickasaw arts and cultural artifacts in the state.
The Chickasaw National Capitol Building provides the ultimate trip back in time through Chickasaw history. The Victorian, gothic-style building was dedicated in 1898 and served as the Nation's capitol until 1906. Today, it acts as a stately museum representing the Nation's past.
Check out the growing art community in Sulphur, Oklahoma, home to the ARTesian Gallery & Studios. Opened in November 2013, the gallery showcases original Chickasaw artwork, plus studio spaces where you can watch artists as they weave, throw pots, paint and more.
Chosen CNN’s top travel destination for Oklahoma in 2014, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is one of the largest, most comprehensive tribal cultural centers in the United States. Come celebrate, embrace and share the heritage that binds the Chickasaw Nation together.
Visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center's Aaimpa' Café to sample an abundance of traditional dishes. Pashofa, known as the Chickasaw national dish, is made with cracked hominy corn. Indian tacos are a meal in themselves, made fresh in the kitchen, and grape dumplings are a favorite dessert.
Located in Oklahoma City's Bricktown entertainment district, Exhibit C is one of the latest additions to the downtown area's artistic and retail offerings, housing an art gallery with handcrafted work by Chickasaw artists, both on display and for sale.
Red Earth is home to an impressive permanent collection of over 1,400 objects of Native American fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork. Each June, Oklahoma City welcomes the Red Earth Festival, featuring hundreds of award-winning Native artists and dancers who celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage with the world.
History buffs shouldn’t miss the 215,000-square-foot Oklahoma History Center. Situated on 18 acres in Oklahoma City, this learning center displays over 2,000 artifacts exploring Oklahoma’s unique heritage, from the state’s rich Native American culture to the land run days to the thriving present day.
Witness the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s collection of more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art and artifacts that preserve the history and cultures of the American West. Be sure to check out the variety of works by renowned American artist Frederic Remington, as well as the massive “End of the Trail” sculpture that greets visitors upon arrival.
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