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Release Date: July 22, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Colleen Chadwick will be presenting the monthly Learn and Lunch session July 24 at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur.

SULPHUR, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Cultural Center will host Ithana: The Learn and Lunch Series Wednesday, July 24, at noon in the Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture.

This month’s topic, “Chickasaw Ribbon Dresses: Creating and Sustaining Regalia Traditions,” will be presented by Colleen Chadwick. The presentation has no cost and is open to the public. Attendees may choose to purchase the $5 lunch option. This boxed lunch consists of a gourmet pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, pashofa, cobbler and drink.

The class will explore the historical evolution of the ribbon dress. It will also cover steps in construction, including selection of fabric, patterns, pattern alteration, dress design decisions, pattern layout, construction pointers and accessory selection.

At the time of Removal, most Chickasaw women wore a pioneer dress made of cotton with an apron. The ribbon dress featured ruffles at the yoke and the bottom of the hem. Adornment would include ribbons sewn on dress, ruffles and intricate beaded collars. The collars were adapted from a style of necklace worn by some European women of the time.

Chadwick received three degrees in education, the first from Northeastern State Oklahoma University and the last two from Texas Tech University. She currently serves as a research assistant at Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture. Chadwick has a passion for Chickasaw history, culture and lifelong learning. She is a member of the Chickasaw Historical Society and a graduate of Leadership Ada, Leadership YOUniversity and Schnake Turnbo Frank Leadership & Reputation Academy in Oklahoma City.

Reservations are required. Please contact the special events department at (580) 622-7130 or email Special.EventsCCC@Chickasaw.net.