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Press Release

Release Date: June 11, 2007

by Dana Lance

Chickasaw culture, heritage and traditions will be celebrated and shared at the 10th Annual Chikashsha Ittifama Reunion June 22-24 at Kullihoma Stomp Ground.

“We look forward each year to visiting friends and relatives from across the U.S. at the reunion," said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. “Chikashsha reunion provides a great opportunity for Chickasaws to learn more about our culture, language and heritage and to share that knowledge with our friends.”

A stickball game demonstration-complete with a referee and a time clock- with the Cherokee Nation will be one of the highlights of this year’s event. The game will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, and a youth stickball game will take place from 4-6 p.m., Saturday.

Demonstrations, including corn husk dolls, beadwork, moccasin making, arrows, basket weaving, Chickasaw language, and traditional clothing are planned throughout the three-day event. A traditional meal, including pashofa, fry bread, salt meat, grape dumplings and more will be served at noon Saturday. An evening meal will be served 6 p.m. Friday, and breakfast will be available Sunday morning.

Loksi, or turtle, races will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own turtle and join in on the fun.

Traditional Chickasaw games including marbles, archery, various youth activities, and squirrel stick throwing, will round out the day Saturday.

A social dance will be held from 7-10:30 p.m. Friday and from 9-10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Storytelling will begin at 10:30 p.m. Friday and 10:45 p.m. Saturday and a Stomp Dance will get underway at midnight.

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

To reach the site, travel to the Kullihoma sign seven miles northeast of Ada on Highway 1, then travel three miles east and one mile south.

Volunteers are still needed to help with various activities.

For information, or to volunteer, call (580) 332-8685.