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Chickasaw Heritage, Art and Talent featured during Cultural Evening

Arts and Cultural Awards Oct. 1 at Chickasaw Cultural Center


SULPHUR, Okla. - Honoring Chickasaw heritage, art and talent is the focus of Chickasaw Nation Cultural Evening and Arts and Culture Awards ceremony, Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Chickasaw culture, history and fellowship will be featured in a variety of activities planned from 4 – 7:30 p.m. during Cultural Evening.

The Chickasaw Nation Arts and Cultural Awards ceremony will be conducted the same evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Anoli Theatre.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby will open Cultural Evening.

A prayer, posting of colors and remarks by Gov. Anoatubby will precede the traditional bell toiling, which signals time for the traditional evening meal which will be served in the Chikasha Inchokka' Traditional Village.

Activities for the entire family and cultural demonstrations will be conducted in the Traditional Village including bow making, beading, Traditional games, art and a Stomp Dance.

Arts and Cultural Awards Ceremony

The Chickasaw Nation Arts and Cultural Awards Ceremony will be conducted from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the cultural center's Anoli Theatre.

Friend of the Chickasaw, Dynamic Chickasaw Woman of the Year and Silver Feather award winners will be honored during the ceremony.

Historical Society Service Awards, a White Dog Press Award and Southeastern Art Show and Market winners will also be presented.

In addition, Chickasaw Press and White Dog Press will release six new publications at the event.

Chickasaw Press will unveil four titles, including a hardcover collector's edition of Te Ata: Chickasaw Storyteller, American Treasure and Chokma'si: The Beauty of the Chickasaw Nation, a photography art book featuring landmarks, landscapes, and artifacts from across the Chickasaw Nation.

Two Chickasaw language dictionaries will also be released. A hardcover reprinting of A Chickasaw Dictionary, compiled by Jesse Humes and Vinnie May (James) Humes, and the new A Concise Chickasaw Dictionary, which features the spelling system used by the Humes' in A Chickasaw Dictionary side-by-side with the Munro-Willmond spelling system used in Chickasaw: An Analytical Dictionary. This marks the first time both orthographies have appeared together in one volume.

White Dog Press will release its first creative non-fiction title, Wenonah's Story: A Memoir of a Chickasaw Family, and a new cookbook of family-friendly recipes, ilittibaaimpa': Let's Eat Together! A Chickasaw Cookbook.

All six books will be for sale during cultural evening. Authors will be on hand to sign copies.

A reception will be conducted immediately following the awards ceremony.

Both events are open to the public.

For a complete listing of events, locations and schedules for the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival visit or contact the Chickasaw Festival office at (580) 371-2040 or 1 (800) 593-3356.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center is located at 867 Cooper Memorial Drive, Sulphur, visit for more information.


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