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Press Release

Release Date: April 26, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • A youth cornstalk archer uses a little something extra as he takes aim during competition at the 2016 Chikasha Ittafama (Chickasaw Reunion) held annually at Kullihoma Campground, located approximately eight miles east of Ada on state Highway 1.

  • Chikasha Toli stickball player Nick Underwood, in black, goes for the ball against a Choctaw competitor during the 2017 Chikasha Ittafama (Chickasaw Reunion) stickball tournament.

KULLIHOMA – The 20th Annual Chikasha Ittafama (Chickasaw Reunion) will kick off Friday, May 4, and continue all day May 5 at Kullihoma Campground located 8 miles east of Ada on state Highway 1.

The event features important cultural activities of the Chickasaw people. The celebration is open to the public at no charge.

A full slate of activities is planned Saturday, May 5, for all to enjoy, including a traditional archery competition known as a “cornstalk shoot,” a fishing derby for children, a “chunky tournament” where a disk is rolled on the ground and spears are thrown by competitors to see who can come closest to where the disk will end up, Loksi (turtle) races, horseshoes, dominoes and stomp dances both evenings.

A children’s tent will feature traditional crafts. Children may also participate in archery demonstration shoots, squirrel stick toss, trail rides with Chickasaw Rangers, cultural classes. A traditional meal of pashofa, grape dumplings, fry bread and salt pork will be served from 12:20-2 p.m. Saturday.

A stickball tournament will be held Saturday from 1-7 p.m. with several teams competing for top honors. Stickball is a game played centuries ago by Native Americans and was often used to settle disputes between tribes.

Friday’s activities include dinner from 6:20-7 p.m. “Social” stickball involving youth and adults will be played casually, a cornhole tournament is slated as well as the singles domino tournament.

Friday’s social stomp dance – where all are welcome to learn and participate – will be held from 8-10 p.m.

Saturday’s Stomp Dance will begin at 9 p.m. and could go to dawn Sunday morning.

The full Chickasaw Reunion schedule includes:

Friday, May 5

     6-6:20 p.m.                   Welcome and Prayer, Honor Guard

     6:20-7 p.m.                   Dinner

     7-7:20 p.m.                   Flag Retirement Ceremony

     7:25-8:30                      Youth and Coed Stickball Social Games

     7:15-10 p.m.                 Domino Tournament (Singles)

     8:30-10 p.m.                 Social Stomp Dance

Saturday, May 6

   Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

     8 a.m. to noon                 Cornstalk Shoot, located at the ball field.

     8:30-10 a.m.                    Fishing Derby

     9-9:15 a.m.                      Welcome & Prayer

     10:30-11:15 a.m.             Chunky Tournament

     10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.     Cultural Classes

     10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.     Children’s Tent

     10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.     Trail Rides with Chickasaw Rangers

     11:20 a.m. - noon            Loksi (turtle) Races

     Noon-12:30 p.m.             Registration for Stickball

     12:20- 2 p.m.                  Traditional Meal

     1-7 p.m.                          Stickball Tournament

     1:30-5 p.m.                     Horseshoe Tournament, located at the ball field

     2-3 p.m.                          Squirrel Stick Throw

     2-3 p.m.                          Archery Demonstration

     5:30-6 p.m.                     Martial Arts Demonstration

     6-7 p.m.                          Dinner

     7-9 p.m.                          Domino Tournament (doubles)

     9 p.m.                             Stomp Dance


Overnight camping spaces are available, including tent spaces and a limited number of RV hookups.

For more information, contact Julie Underwood at 580-622-7140.