Annual Chickasaw Nation Festival Celebrates Culture - - No One Gets You Closer

Annual Chickasaw Nation Festival Celebrates Culture


TISHOMINGO, OK--  The annual Chickasaw Festival is underway this week with activities in five Texoma cities.

This is the 56th annual meeting and festival, and there many things planned for the week long celebration including Native American cultural events.
entertainment and games.

The highlight may be the State of the Nation Address by Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby.

Most of the events will happen at the capitol grounds located in Tishomingo in the 400 Block of West Ninth Street.

Showcasing the cultural history of the Chickasaw tribe, it's an annual event bringing families together .

"It's important it brings all of the Chickasaw people together, as well as other people from all over, it's a time that families can join and kids can have a great time," Festival Coordinator Kelcey Upton said. 

Food, tribal dances and stick-ball are all in the mix to celebrate the past and grow in the future.

"Holding on to the past is important and that's what this is, sharing in that past and learning from that past is also very important," Towana Spivey, Chickasaw Hall of Fame, said.

Art vendors and activities for kids have been a part of this week's festival, organizers say the event is free and everyone is welcome.

Some used the day as a school trip.

"Right now with budgets being low and everything we have to limit on our field trips so if we can find something that's educational and culture at the same time, it's like two birds and one stone," Fox Elementary Teacher Carra Spigner said. 

Chickasaw artists tells us it's a chance for them to express experiences of the tribe through their work. 

"Those stories those narratives, I feel like that's my best way to put those out there for people to understand who we are is through my art," Artist Brent Greenwood said. 

Saturday there will be a parade and live music along with Governor Anoatubby's address

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