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Release Date: May 10, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation will host a beaded collar class 1-3 p.m. and gospel singing event 4-10 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at the Chickasaw National Capitol, 411 W. Ninth St.

These events are open to the public at no charge. Supplies will be provided for the beaded collar class.

Groups and performers slated to sing during the gospel event include: Brotherly Love, In His Gates Band, Rejoice, Scrap Iron, Benson Alexander, Jack McFeeters, Chosen Vessel, among others.

Complimentary Indian tacos, dessert and drinks will be served 4-5:30 p.m., the gospel singing begins at 6 p.m.

The beaded collar class will have attendees create a child’s beaded collar, the item worn across the shoulders of women in traditional regalia after European contact.

The intricate beaded collars worn at the yoke of the dress were an adaptation of the style of necklace that was being worn by some European women at the time of contact.

Chickasaws took this style and incorporated it into their culture by constructing the piece with the newly acquired glass beads. This type of beadwork was practiced by many of the Southeastern tribal cultures.

Class size is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 580-371-9835.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016