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Release Date: February 28, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

SULPHUR, Okla. – During the month of March, the Chickasaw Nation will be hosting family-friendly events to educate visitors on ancestry, nature and history at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Road.

National Genealogy Day, March 10

Dive into your historical roots by attending National Genealogy Day, Saturday, March 10.

Learn how to conduct research on family history. Genealogists will be on-site throughout the day to provide assistance.

Special activities include make-and-take crafts such as a family tree or flower, Chickasaw clan animal family crests, building a family time capsule and a Five Tribes Genealogy presentation in the Holisso Research Center at 1 p.m.

The Holisso Research Center houses genealogy collections, historic maps, photo archives, historic documents, census records and a complete set of Dawes Commission Rolls of Chickasaw citizens.

Besides Chickasaw, Dawes rolls for the Choctaw, Mississippi Choctaw, Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes are also available at the Holisso Center.

National Learn About Butterflies Day, March 14

Learn more about the majestic Monarch butterfly during National Learn About Butterflies Day Wednesday, March 14.

Enjoy the day with games, traditional arts, horticulture tours and other activities. Interact with butterflies in the pop-up tent or participate in a scavenger hunt.

The films "Flight of the Butterflies" and "On the Wings of the Monarch" will be screened in the Anoli' Theater.

Monarch caterpillars feed only on milkweed plants. Monarchs must lay eggs on milkweed so their offspring will feed. Caterpillars then spin themselves into cocoons and come out a few weeks later as brilliantly-colored insects.

The Chickasaw Nation is responding by planting milkweed and nectar plants throughout the tribe’s 13-county territory in Oklahoma.

The “hoop” greenhouse, located near the cultural center’s Traditional Village, offers a controlled enclosure for growing plants year-round. Monarchs may enter and depart the structure safely.

Te Ata Exhibit

Come explore the life of Mary “Te Ata” Thompson Fisher and her journey to become one of the most influential Native American storytellers of all time now through Sept. 3 in the Aapisa’ Art Gallery.

View artifacts owned and worn by Te Ata, as well as memorabilia and props from the recently released, award-winning film.

The events and exhibit are open to the public at no charge.

The film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10, in the Anoli’ Theater. Prices for the showing are $3 for children age 12 and under, $4 for adults or $6 for a movie deal that includes ticket, popcorn and drink.

For more information, visit or call (580) 622-7130.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016