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Press Release

Release Date: May 15, 2019
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

During the month of May, the Chickasaw Nation will host events open to the public at no charge at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Road.

Events will focus on family, as well as honoring individuals who are serving, have served or have lost their lives in service to their country in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

May’s opportunities are listed below. For more information, call (580) 622-7130 or visit

Now through Sept. 1 | “Tying Together Chickasaw Kitchens” exhibit

A new exhibit called “Tying Together Chickasaw Kitchens” will be available for the public to experience at no cost now through Sept. 1 at the Chickasaw Cultural Center’s Aapisa’ Art Gallery.

The kitchen is a place for family, conversation, community and warmth. Through homemade meals, culinary traditions are passed down through generations.

This exhibit explores kitchens within a Chickasaw context, focusing on the historic influence that Chickasaw women had on homemaking, cooking, sewing and family care throughout the 20th century.

It features aprons skillfully sewn and saved by Chickasaw families, along with artifacts, photos and archival documents related to kitchen and home management. This showcase of Chickasaw women demonstrates how they have always expressed themselves in unique, unexpected and creative ways, whether inside or outside the household.

May 18 | Tushka Day: Celebrate Armed Forces

The Chickasaw Cultural Center will join the community in honoring veterans and active military members Saturday, May 18, during the Armed Forces Celebration.

Veterans and active military personnel will receive free admission to the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center, as well as a discount at the Aaimpa CafĂ© and Aachompa’ gift shops.

Special stomp dance demonstrations are planned for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Attendees can participate in make-and-take crafts.

May 25-26 | Memorial Celebration

The Chickasaw Cultural Center will celebrate Memorial Day with the community Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, with cultural demonstrations, traditional games and family films in the Anoli’ Theater.

A showing of the film “Memphis Belle,” will be available 3 p.m. each day at no cost. Attendees can take advantage of a 10% discount at the Aachompa’ gift shops, enjoy patriotic make-and-take crafts and feed the family with the $1 hot dog special in the Aaimpa’ Cafe.

Saturday, May 25, catch one of many shuttles running throughout the day from our campus to the Artesian Arts Festival in downtown Sulphur.