Lowak Sho'li (Carry the Fire) First American Humanities Forum

Chickasaw Nation Residents

In the Chickasaw language, lowak sho'li means “to carry the fire.” This program hopes to keep the flame and desire Chickasaw people have for the arts and humanities alive as it passes from one generation to the next.

This annual forum is open to the public.

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(580) 272-5520
(580) 272-5525
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1548, Ada, Oklahoma 74821


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Program Details

The theme for the 2023 Lowak Sho'li Humanities Forum is “First Americans in History.” Attendees are invited to learn more about First American history and engage with Chickasaw scholars who are utilizing their knowledge and experience in their respective fields of anthropology, literature, history and language. Questions and comments from the audience will be welcomed.

This year’s featured panelists, all Chickasaw citizens, include Stanley Nelson and Michelle Cooke, senior staff writers for the Chickasaw Nation Department of Culture and Humanities, LaDonna Brown, director of research and cultural interpretation for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Heritage Preservation and Dr. Joshua Hinson, executive officer of the Chickasaw Nation Division of Language Preservation. Kati Cain, research specialist and genealogist for the Chickasaw Nation Literary Arts Division, will moderate.

The Lowak Sho’li Humanities Forum has been hosted annually since 2012 to encourage First American youth and college students to pursue a career in arts and humanities while providing an opportunity for open dialogue with the community about the importance of First American representation in arts and humanities professions.

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Arts & Humanities (Abney)

Ada, Oklahoma 74820