Choctaw Cultural Center welcomes new exhibit
DURANT, Okla (KTEN) -- "We try to help educate as well as not just showing beautiful art or trying to tell a story of our history or our own identity, we try to help others understand who we are," said guest curator, Laura Marshall Clark.
The Choctaw Cultural Center's new changing exhibit gallery is now Chiefs, Clans, and Kin, celebrating the 175 years of the Choctaw gift to the Irish during the great famine in 1847.
"If you notice out front, the words in our lobby say faith, family, culture. So in our faith, we believe there's a lot of divine intervention. It just seemed like everything came together for this to happen," Clark said.
This new gallery features 34 artists from the five civilized tribes who have Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry.
"So, they might be Choctaw and have Irish family, or in my case I'm Muskogee Creek, so I have Irish ancestors in my family," Clark said. "So, we are celebrating our ancestors on both sides of the oceans."
And the exhibit shows the importance of identity, culture, history and family.
"We had 300 thousand Celtic immigrants in the United States. A lot of them intermarried with our tribes, and that's what the art is all about," Clark said.
The Chiefs, Clans and Kin exhibit will be open until December 31.