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Release Date: February 20, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • A monarch butterfly feeds on nectar from a plant located at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. Celebrate National Learn About Butterflies Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Thursday, March 14.

  • During the month of March, the Chickasaw Nation will host family-friendly events free and open to the public to educate visitors on ancestry, nature and history at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Road.

  • 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.

  • The “Three Sisters” of beans, corn and squash are planted in combination to provide long-term soil fertility and healthy crops of food.

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

March 9 - Genealogy Day

The Chickasaw Cultural Center will celebrate Genealogy Day, Saturday, March 9.

Learn how to conduct research on your family history. Genealogists will be on-site throughout the day to provide assistance with genealogy pertaining to the Five Tribes, including Dawes Roll information and assistance in creating a family tree.

Visitors are also encouraged to bring papers and photographs of Chickasaw family members they would like included in the family files and genealogy collections at the Holisso: Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture.

Special activities include family tree make-and-take crafts. Chickasaw Cultural Center archivist Wilson Seawright will present "Dawes Enrollment and Allotment" at 1 p.m. in the Holisso Seminar Room.

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.

March 14 - National Learn about Butterflies Day

Celebrate National Learn About Butterflies Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Thursday, March 14.

Learn more about butterflies, butterfly habitats and enjoy the day with games, traditional arts, horticulture tours and other free activities.

Receive a free butterfly kit and listen to informational talks about Monarch butterflies.

The Chickasaw Nation has partnered with Monarch Watch, a University of Kansas project aimed at helping monarchs feast, thrive and procreate during annual spring migrations north and return migrations to wintering grounds in Mexico.

For several years, the Chickasaw Nation has planted milkweed and nectar-rich plants throughout the tribe’s 13-county jurisdictional boundaries in hopes of making a difference in the butterfly’s declining population.

Working with Monarch Watch, a “hoop” greenhouse, located near the cultural center’s traditional village, was constructed three years ago. It offers a controlled enclosure for growing plants year-round. Monarchs may enter to feed and depart the structure safely.

Monarchs lay eggs on milkweed plants. Their offspring feed only on milkweed plants and go through three stages of life before constructing a chrysalis. They emerge as the “king of all butterflies” with brilliant orange, black and white coloring.

Approximately 145 million monarchs survived last year’s winter. This is off from more than 300 million a decade ago and an estimated 1 billion butterflies in the mid-1990s.

March 16 - Three Sisters

Celebrate the return of spring at the Chickasaw Cultural Center’s annual Three Sisters Celebration, March 16-24.

This event observes the changing of the seasons and planting of essential crops like beans, corn and squash. In combination, these crops are known as the “Three Sisters” and provide long-term soil fertility and healthy crops of food.

The Three Sisters festival features a variety of outdoor activities and games, which embrace the rebirth, and rejuvenation of spring, with a special emphasis on the cultural connection to horticulture.

During the Three Sisters Celebration, horticulture-related activities such as butterfly garden tours, cultivation lessons, native plant tours and food tasting will be offered.

Other scheduled events include: films in the Anoli' Theater, stomp dance demonstrations, hide tanning, canoe carving, archery demonstrations, archery tag, natural dye-making demonstrations, flat reed maps, finger weaving, storytelling, scavenger hunt, "Dig It Up" artifact hunt, Chikashshanompa' (Chickasaw language) bingo, quilt square contest, pollinator mask coloring crafts, woven bookmarks, tie-dye fabric art, pottery reconstruction challenge, recipe card handouts, nutrition education booths and art market booths.

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The Chickasaw Cultural Center is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Chickasaw Cultural Center at (580) 622-7130 or visit ChickasawCulturalCenter.com.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016