Chickasaw Cultural Center
SULPHUR, OKLAHOMA – The Chickasaw Cultural Center will celebrate Grandparents Day with two days of family fun September 12-13.
On both days, the world-class Chikasha Poya Exhibit will be free of charge to grandparents. The exhibit hall traces the Chickasaw Nation’s history from its beginning, through removal from the ancestral homelands in 1837, into Oklahoma statehood and the present. Interactive learning exhibits visitors may touch and examine closely are on display, along with historic relics.
Stomp dancing, stickball, cultural demonstrations, the Living Village and many other attractions await grandparents on their special day, first celebrated in America in 1978.
The day is not only for grandparents, but for the whole family. Many culturally significant activities are planned. Additionally, the world-class “Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas” will still be at the center. It will end a yearlong stay September 27.
The exhibit shows how ancient Native Americans constructed dugout canoes from tree trunks, burning the tree and scraping out the charcoal to build a water-worthy craft. “Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas” shows how high school students stumbled upon the largest treasure trove of dugout canoes while visiting a dry lake bed in Florida. Tools as old at 600 A.D. are displayed. CCC personnel are on hand to explain the exhibit, answer questions and illustrate how dugout canoes were crafted.
Grandparents need not be accompanied by their grandchildren, officials said. Additional discounts on retail items in the gift shop and other locations will be available to grandparents who bring their grandchildren to the center.
The Aaimpaꞌ Café will be available to patrons who wish to enjoy a traditional Chickasaw meal of Indian tacos, pishofa and grape dumplings. More traditional fare is also available.
The center is located on Cooper Memorial Drive southwest of Sulphur. For information, contact the center at 580-622-7130.