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Press Release

Release Date: August 08, 2006
Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

More than 80 youth from across Oklahoma participated in the Chickasaw Nation’s Camp Yakomichi on August 4 – 6. The camp took place at the Camp W.O.W. campgrounds near Gerty, Oklahoma.

Camp Yakomichi, which means “this is the way”, was designed to teach Chickasaw youth ages eight to 14 more about their history and the way of the Chickasaw people.

The three-day camp included a variety of sessions including language, dancing, history, culture, games, cooking and more. Campers were taught traditional songs and dances, the ways of ancient Chickasaws, how to prepare traditional foods, how to play stickball, how to recreate traditional summer and winter homes and many other Chickasaw traditions.
Several guest speakers visited the camp to share their expertise with the students including Tim Harjo, Leerene Frazier, LaDonna Brown, Joann Ellis, Eddie Postoak, Darrell Walker and Gingi Nail.

While at camp, the youth also enjoyed a traditional meal of pashofa, fry bread, grape dumplings, fried pork and beans. On the final evening the students were able to apply their new learned skills at a stomp dance with the Chickasaw Dance Troupe.