My Son wanted to go to the Chickasaw cultural center for his 15th birthday. He also went to the Chickasaw Cultural center on his 14th Birthday. I didn't start reading and researching into the history of the tribes until my Archaeology of North America class last fall. So, I've went to this museum quite a few times since it has been open. We often go to Sulphur, it's not an hour away and one of my kids favorite places to go. We went last Sunday on a day when I pretty much felt sick and anxious about the work that I am doing for school. I wasn't in the mood to be here.
I approached writing a Thesis on Native American issues with a culturally assimilated background carefully. I felt that if I didn't know about my own heritage, how could I write about others? I wonder how many tribal members lost their heritage as American Indians, their cultural ties because of the Governmental Removal and Assimilation process. There are plenty of people who are tribal members who know nothing about their heritage. That is why places like the Chickasaw Cultural center are important. This is an important place not only for the Chickasaws, but the Choctaws. So if you are a Choctaw you should go here and visit, because much of the ancestral history is shared. But, at the time of Colonization the Choctaws sided with the French, so our heritage is written and shaped by the French 17th century perspective, although European France in the 17th century was everything Europe envied, in the arts.
Editing these photos holds another purpose for me, I'm not just playing on the computer while I should be working. I have to make a powerpoint for a class and I'm trying to get these edited to incorporate into it.
I photographed more of the displays this year. My interest is greater. My Son has been teaching himself the Choctaw language this year, independently to a degree. He has been my language instructor. I'm amazed at his knowledge, I'm also amazed at how much he has taught me. I struggle with language courses and I really have a hard time learning new languages. But, I have learned a lot of Choctaw- which of course helps with Chickasaw.
Even if you have little interest in Native Culture and history, this museum is worth going to because it is incredibly beautiful. The architecture alone is incredibly gorgeous, it is sleek and has beautiful lines. I can't describe what it feels like to walk inside and view this beautiful building.
Onchaba is the Chickasaw word for mounds. Now, to my area of interest. The Mississippian cultures and their impact all over the eastern United States. I'm also looking at how they are being incorporated in contemporary art and literature in comparison to the body of work created by anthropologists.
One last thing, crushed shell was used in pottery which has been found all over the eastern United States, all the way up rivers in Nebraska, studying material goods like pottery and just "stuff" that was left behind as trash is what lets us know the interconnectedness of ancient societies.
The view from the mound. I shouldn't have wrote this post but I had to take a break from the paper. I just want to cry. I just want to be done with this. I guess I have the images I need for my power point.