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Press Release

Release Date: March 07, 2022
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The Chickasaw Nation Productions’ movie “Pearl” and documentary “First Encounter” from the Chickasaw Heritage Series will be shown in the Village of Hoffman Estates (HETV) located in Hoffman, Illinois.

“Pearl” is scheduled to air in March on Sundays at noon, Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 p.m.

“First Encounter” is scheduled to air in March on Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, visit ChickasawFilms.com.

“Pearl”

Set in 1920s rural Oklahoma, “Pearl” is based on the remarkable true story of Chickasaw aviatrix, Pearl Carter Scott – the youngest licensed pilot in American history. Mentored by world-renowned aviator Wiley Post, Pearl first pilots a plane at the age of 12 and becomes a commercial pilot and local celebrity before she reaches adulthood. As she finds love and becomes a wife and mother, her two greatest passions collide.

“First Encounter”

“First Encounter” explores the actions taken by Chickasaws in 1541 during their first contact with Europeans. The documentary highlights the encounters, struggles and perseverance of the Chickasaw people throughout the attempted conquest by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

This encounter helped establish the reputation for which the tribe would be recognized for centuries and remains today – “unconquered and unconquerable.”

Chickasaw curriculum

The Chickasaw Heritage Series’ “First Encounter” and “Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World” have been incorporated into online curricula produced by the Chickasaw Nation for elementary and secondary school levels. These and other lessons are available to homeschool and public school educators by visiting Chickasaw.net/AtHome.

These lessons include reference materials and photographs presented much like a textbook and will be of interest to anyone looking to dig deeper into the history and culture of the Chickasaw people.

Every lesson of the Chickasaw Nation curriculum is aligned with Oklahoma Academic Standards as outlined by the Oklahoma State Department of Education social studies guide.

Areas of study include history, social studies, geography and government. Students who dive into these studies will develop skills, including reading, writing, critical thinking, test taking and artistic creation.

Each lesson is complete with its own lesson plan, reading material, discussion questions, student activity and reference list for convenience. This material can be easily incorporated into any educational setting.