Published September 4, 2016
SULPHUR, OKLAHOMA – Since it opened six years ago, the Chickasaw Cultural Center (CCC) in Sulphur has shared the story of Chickasaws past and present by offering events, performances, exhibits, demonstrations, displays, art and more.
With the Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival on the CCC campus Aug. 12-13, more than half a million guests from around the world will have experienced what the center has to offer.
Nestled on 109 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and streams adjacent to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, the CCC is more than a museum.
With the latest technology, ancient artifacts and natural outdoor spaces, the story of the unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation unfolds right before visitor’s eyes.
Features of the state-of-the-art facility include an interactive exhibit hall, large-format theater, traditional village, café, honor garden, amphitheater and the Holisso Center for the Study of Chickasaw History and Culture, a premiere research center for the study and research of Chickasaw and Southeastern tribal cultures and histories.
Learning opportunities expand into the Chikasha Inchokka´ Traditional Village where cultural instructors, dressed in 1700s regalia, share activities such as Stickball games, cooking demonstrations, language lessons, corn husk doll and archery demonstrations.
The village features traditional Chickasaw homes, a replica mound and cultural instructors demonstrating traditional crafts such as beadwork, basketry and pottery, tanning hides, bow making and flute making.
In addition, several family-oriented and informational activities are scheduled throughout the year making the Chickasaw Cultural Center the perfect choice for family outings.
Awards and Accolades
Chickasaw Cultural Center has amassed a number of awards, honors and accolades, including “The Oklahoman Reader’s Choice “State Tourism Destination,” TripAdvisor’s “2014 Certificate of Excellence,” and a Yelp “People Love Us On Yelp” recognition.
The interactive nature of the Chickasaw Cultural Center is one reason editors of Metro Family Magazine selected the Chickasaw Cultural Center as one of the “Best places to learn outside the classroom,” in an article published August 2014.
Editors said the Chickasaw Cultural Center’s “perfect combination of tribal history and modern technology allows children to become totally immersed in the vibrant history and celebrate the ongoing culture of the Chickasaw Nation.”
In August 2013, Metro Family readers ranked the Chickasaw Cultural Center among the “Top 10” places for children to learn outside the traditional classroom.
The Chickasaw Cultural Center has also been awarded a top Oklahoma tourism honor, a RedBud Award for Outstanding Attraction of 2012, RedBud Awards for Best Website and Outstanding Temporary Exhibit: “Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas” in 2015.
The Chickasaw Cultural Center earned high praise not only for the exquisite architecture and well-manicured grounds, but for exceptional customer service, high-quality food and methods used to tell the Chickasaw story.
The Chickasaw Cultural Center is located at 867 Cooper Memorial Road.
For more information, please visit www.chickasawculturalcenter.com or call 580-622-7130.
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