The annual meeting and festival will begin on September 23

A time of reunion, brotherhood and culture, the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival begins September 23 and continues through October 1.

Each year, friends and family members from across the country attend this week-long event. The week is highlighted by Governor Bill Anoatubby’s State of the Nation Address at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 1.

In 1960, more than 100 Chickasaw residents gathered at Seeley Chapel near Connerville, Okla. There they discussed the state of their nation and a vision for the future. Each year, the Chickasaw Nation honors this historic event by celebrating Chickasaw pride and progress at the Annual Chickasaw Gathering and Festival.

The week includes Crowning Tribal Princesses, Stickball, Fun 1 Mile Walk and 5K Run, Archery, Horseshoes, Senior and Junior Olympics, Golf Tournament, Mixed Softball and Tribal Performers. southeast showcasing their work at the Southeast Art Fair and Market (SEASAM), and much more.

Venues in the Tishomingo, Ada and Sulfur regions will host activities throughout the week, starting with a social game of stickball and foot dancing in Kullihoma from 7 p.m. to midnight. The Kullihoma Cultural Grounds are seven miles east of Ada on State Highway 1.

Several activities are planned in Tishomingo, including the fun 1 mile walk and 5 km run, a mixed softball tournament, a golf tournament, museum visits, Junior Olympics and a stickball tournament.

Three young girls will be crowned Chickasaw Princess, Little Miss Chickasaw and Chickasaw Junior Princess during the Chickasaw Princess Pageant at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 26 at the Ada High School Cougar Activity Center. The new princesses will serve for a year as ambassadors for the Chickasaw Nation at events throughout the state and across the country.

The Chickasaw Cultural Night will take place on Thursday, September 29 at 4 p.m. at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulfur. The event will feature artists, authors from Chickasaw Press and a traditional meal of pashofa, grape dumplings, pork and fried bread.

The center of activity is the Chickasaw National Capitol in Tishomingo. You can learn to play stickball, test your archery skills, visit historic Chickasaw Nation buildings, trample dance, and learn ancient arts and crafts techniques during the week.

SEASAM takes place at the historic capital ground in Tishomingo. The show is open to all performers from the Southeast and Woodland tribes.

Other events include a parade, arts and crafts vendors, cultural demonstrations, food stalls, health fair, horseshoe tournament, children’s activities, entertainment, tournament parent/child fishing, storytelling and dance and stickball demonstrations.

A complete list of events, locations and times is available online at AnnualMeeting.Chickasaw.net. The schedule of events is subject to change. Please visit often for the latest event updates.

Follow the Chickasaw Nation social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

For more information, call (580) 371-2040 or (800) 593-3356.

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