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Release Date: June 09, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation will host a beaded collar class 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Remington Park. The class is open to the public at no charge.

Instructor Halley Taylor will guide attendees in crafting the beaded collar worn across the shoulders of women in traditional Chickasaw regalia. The group will cover basic concepts and techniques. They will also dig into the history of beadwork in the Chickasaw culture.

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.

The Chickasaw Nation has planned monthly community arts and crafts classes for locations across south central and central Oklahoma all year. Class topics include the Chickasaw language, finger weaving, stomp dancing, beading and painting.

A beaded bracelets class will be offered July in Ardmore. Upcoming classes are also planned for Purcell and Pauls Valley.

Remington Park is located at 1 Remington Place, Oklahoma City. Prior registration is appreciated but not required. For more information, or to register, contact Halley Taylor at 580-272-2594 or Halley.Taylor@chickasaw.net.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016