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Release Date: June 21, 2006

by Tony Choate



Hundreds of Chickasaws and guests from across the country are expected to celebrate Chickasaw culture and tradition at the Seventh Annual Chikashsha Reunion June 22-25 at Kullihoma Stomp Ground.

Chickasaw stickball players have been practicing for the stickball game 7 p.m. Saturday, which will be one of the featured events at this year’s reunion.

Other Chickasaw games will also be featured, including Chunkey, the Chickasaw marble game, and others.
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.

There will also be a variety of demonstrations of Chickasaw culture, including storytelling, bow making, ballstick making, beadwork, language, flute making, finger weaving, basket weaving, beadwork and various other crafts.

“Chikasha reunion is a wonderful time of fellowship, which helps remind Chickasaw people of the culture and heritage that bind us together," said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. “It is a great opportunity for Chickasaws of all ages to learn more about their culture, language and heritage and to share that knowledge with others.”

Men, women and children are encouraged to bring their own turtle for the Loksi races, which will begin 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be races for all ages.

Social dances will begin 8 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Saturday.

A stomp dance will begin midnight Saturday.

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.