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Native Culture Adventure

Try out a timeless craft with ancient roots.

Appreciate the ancient history embedded in the canvas of a modern painting.

Look up at the stars and remember all the stories and dreams that came before you.

Take the right road, and you could be led to a place of dreams, a place where the hopes of ancients weave with the adventures of the modern day.

A person cannot travel the journey of life without first understanding where he or she has come from or why he or she is moving forward.– Chickasaw Historian Jeannie Barbour

A Spirit of Strength

Channel the ancestral spirit of Native Oklahoma to discover something unexpected. Here’s where dreams of triumph and struggle blend together, creating a living, breathing culture that spreads through your heart and soul.

Long before I existed, my elders were here. They imagined me in their thoughts and dreams, and heard what their elders said about generations to come, and finally those dreams came true and I was born.– Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby

Voices of Generations

Learn the timeless art of basket weaving at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios.

Step back in time at the Chickasaw National Capitol.

Pick up a blanket at Exhibit C designed by a modern Native American artist.

Experience true American history at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

From stomp dance to archery to stickball, get in the spirit at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

A Living History

Connect to the heart of this great state. Your journey begins here.


Native Culture Destinations

Experience a slice of Native American history in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, at the first Chickasaw Council House built in Indian Territory. Today, the Council House Museum honors the rich culture of the Chickasaw people and features one of the largest collections of Chickasaw arts and cultural artifacts in the state.

The Chickasaw National Capitol Building provides the ultimate trip back in time through Chickasaw history. The Victorian, gothic-style building was dedicated in 1898 and served as the Nation's capitol until 1906. Today, it acts as a stately museum representing the Nation's past.

Check out the growing art community in Sulphur, Oklahoma, home to the ARTesian Gallery & Studios. Opened in November 2013, the gallery showcases original Chickasaw artwork, plus studio spaces where you can watch artists as they weave, throw pots, paint and more.

Chosen CNN’s top travel destination for Oklahoma in 2014, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is one of the largest, most comprehensive tribal cultural centers in the United States. Come celebrate, embrace and share the heritage that binds the Chickasaw Nation together.

A trip to Chickasaw Country isn't complete without a stop at the 5,500-square-foot Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center, providing informational kiosks, expert travel information from the trained staff, a gift shop, an outdoor playground, dog park and travel stop.

For an exploration into Oklahoma's physical past, look no further than the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. It's one of the world's largest university-based natural history museums, containing roughly seven million objects. Be greeted by the world’s tallest dinosaur; the 40-foot-long neck and skull peek into the museum’s great hall. Don’t miss “The Clash of the Titans,” the museum’s centerpiece exhibit, featuring two dinosaurs in a battle to the death.

Exhibit C
Oklahoma City, OK

Located in Oklahoma City's Bricktown entertainment district, Exhibit C is one of the latest additions to the downtown area's artistic and retail offerings, housing an art gallery with handcrafted work by Chickasaw artists, both on display and for sale.

Witness the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s collection of more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art and artifacts that preserve the history and cultures of the American West. Be sure to check out the variety of works by renowned American artist Frederic Remington, as well as the massive “End of the Trail” sculpture that greets visitors upon arrival.

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