Native Culture

Native Culture Adventure

A Living History


Uncover rich First American history and culture through exploration of diverse art galleries, museums and historical sites embedded with the stories and dreams of those who came before you.

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411 W 9th St • Tishomingo

Situated in Capitol Square in Tishomingo, the Chickasaw National Capitol is an 8,000-square-foot, two-story structure that functioned as the seat of the tribe’s government until 1906, the cusp of Oklahoma’s statehood. Now a museum, visitors come from near and far for free tours.

NEARBY: Chickasaw White House, Gonzales Mexican Restaurant

3348 State Rd 199 • Durant

Fort Washita operated as the southwestern-most military post for Union soldiers until 1861. Today, visitors can tour restored structures, witness Civil War reenactments and take part in the yearly fur trade era activities, which offer a glimpse into life pre- and mid-Civil War.

NEARBY: Lake Texoma, Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge

1700 NE 63rd St • Oklahoma City

Inside The Silberman Gallery is an extraordinary collection of 2,500 fine art pieces with a First American focus. As you browse, you’ll see the iconic popular favorite, The End of the Trail, as pictured. Plus, the 100,000-square-foot Liichokoshkomo’ learning and activity area!

NEARBY: The Zoo Amphitheatre, Remington Park

N Colbert Dr • Oklahoma City

Explore these 7,648 square miles of beautiful south-central Oklahoma landscape, charming towns and bustling main streets and you’ll find adventure in every form for every age. From lakes and cabins to casinos and luxury spas, you’ll never run out of exciting new experiences.

NEARBY: Arbuckle Mountains, The Artesian Hotel, Lake Murray

100 W Muskogee St • Sulphur

Home to five separate studio spaces, including pottery and weaving spaces, this downtown Sulphur creative hub showcases Chickasaw and Southeastern artwork and offers a variety of art classes throughout the year. Stop by to watch artists work or purchase original pieces.

NEARBY: Springs at The Artesian, Bromide Hill

209 North Fisher Ave • Tishomingo

This Capitol Square museum includes exhibits that chronicle everything from the Chickasaws’ removal from tribal lands to their settlement in Oklahoma. Visitors will also find the genealogy research center and an 1853 log council house, where the tribe’s constitution was signed.

NEARBY: Blue River, Ole Red, Spa 211

867 Cooper Memorial Dr • Sulphur

Complete with the newly renovated Anoli’ Theater and Aaimpa’ Café, this world-class destination is a vibrant, vivid, living expression of Chickasaw history and culture. Immerse yourself in powerful performances, demonstrations, curated collections and state-of-the-art technology.

NEARBY: Veterans Lake, Bedré Café

201 N Broadway • Ada

Visit Ada to peruse authentic, handcrafted Native art within the Nation’s Division of Arts and Humanities building. The gallery also houses a fine gift shop filled with art, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, photography, paintings, prints, textiles and other custom items.

NEARBY: McSwain Theatre, Lazer Zone Family Fun Center, Waddell Vineyards

Voices of Generations

Centuries of ancient history, traditions and culture are waiting to be uncovered.


Native Culture Destinations

Fort Washita Historic Site and Museum is a must-visit destination for military history buffs. Established in 1842, Fort Washita served as the southwestern-most military post of the United States and was built to maintain peace for the newly removed Choctaws and Chickasaws. Today, the restored Fort Washita is a National Historic Landmark and free museum offering visitors a glimpse into life before and during the Civil War.

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.

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.

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.

Chickasaw Country in south-central Oklahoma is filled with native culture, water and wide open spaces. Go fishing, boating, skiing or swimming. Try your hand at gaming at WinStar World Casino, the World’s largest casino. Go camping, zip lining, golfing or riding – on horseback or an ATV. Shop until you drop. Go to a spa or winery. Relax. Gaze at the stars. You’re in Chickasaw Country.

For a first-hand look at authentic, Native American art, visit the Chokma’si Gallery in Ada. Located within the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of Arts and Humanities building, the gallery features handcrafted pieces and also features a retail section with jewelry, pottery, prints and more.

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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