SULPHUR, Okla. – Enjoy the return of warmer weather and make at trip to the Chickasaw Cultural Center to enjoy several family-friendly events.
The Chickasaw Nation is hosting multiple events at the Chickasaw Cultural Center including the Mother’s Celebration, Armed Forces Celebration and a Memorial Celebration.
Mother’s Celebration, May 12-13
Celebrate your mother in a special way by taking her to the Mother’s Celebration Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.
Mothers receive free admission to the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center, special discounts in the gift shops, and complimentary tea and cookies in the Aaimpaꞌ Café.
The film “Wonder Woman” will be screened at 2:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in the Anoli’ Theater.
Taloowa Music Fair
The Taloowa Music Fair will take place Saturday, May 12, in the Kochcha’ Aabiniili’ Amphitheater. Enjoy various genres of live music while spending time with your family at the cultural center.
Sweet, frozen Italian ice and walking tacos will be sold in the Plaza.
The Taloowa Music Fair schedule is as follows:
- 11 – 11:30 a.m. Stomp Dance Demonstration
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Written in Stone (Christian Rock)
- 1 – 2 p.m. Chad Todd Band (Country)
- 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The Redmen Blues Band (Motown/Blues/Gospel)
- 4 – 5 p.m. Conflict of Interest (80s/90s Cover)
- 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Code 3 (Classic Rock)
- 7 – 7:30 p.m. Aaron Ray (Christian Rap)
The superhero film “Thor: Ragnarok” will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12, in the Anoliꞌ Theater. Prices for the showing are $3 for children age 12 and under, $4 for adults or $6 for a movie deal that includes ticket, popcorn and drink.
Armed Forces Celebration, May 19
Join in honoring past and present veterans by attending the Armed Forces Celebration, Saturday, May 19.
The Chickasaw Cultural Center honors all past veterans and current active military with free admission to the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center, as well as a 10 percent discount at the Aaimpa Café.
A special drum event to honor veterans will be from 11:30 to noon, 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m. Enjoy the war drama film “Faith Of Our Fathers” at 3 p.m. in the Anoli’ Theater.
The movie “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19, in the Anoliꞌ Theater. Prices for the showing are $3 for children age 12 and under, $4 for adults or $6 for a movie deal that includes ticket, popcorn and drink.
Memorial Celebration, May 26-27
Celebrate the holiday weekend Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, during the Memorial Celebration.
The film “The Monuments Men” will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 26, in the Anoliꞌ Theater. Prices for the showing are $3 for children age 12 and under, $4 for adults or $6 for a movie deal that includes ticket, popcorn and drink.
The Fourth Annual Artesian Arts Festival will take place Saturday, May 26, at the Artesian Plaza located adjacent to the Artesian Hotel and Spa, 1001 W. First Street. Shuttle services from the Chickasaw Cultural Center to the festival will be available to all attendees.
Lecture and Exhibits
The Chickasaw Cultural Center will feature the lecture, Native Art, presented by Laura Stewart and Brent Greenwood, 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Anoli’ Theater.
Also available during the celebrations are the Te Ata Exhibit and the Sculpting Cultures: Southeast and Southwest Native Pottery Exhibit.
Explore the life of Mary “Te Ata” Thompson Fisher and her journey to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time now through Sept. 2 in the Aapisa’ Art Gallery.
View items owned and worn by Te Ata, as well as memorabilia and props from the recently released, award-winning film.
The Sculpting Cultures: Southeast and Southwest Native Pottery Exhibit features historic Pueblo pottery from the Keres language family and modern pottery from Five Tribes artists.
This exhibit is a partnership with the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research and the Museum of the Red River. The pottery will be displayed in the Aaittafama’ Room now through Sept. 2.
The celebrations and exhibits are open to the public at no charge.
The Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Road, is open Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
For more information about any of the upcoming events, call 580-622-7130 or visit www.chickasawculturalcenter.