A great way to learn about Native American culture in general, and the Chickasaw culture specifically, is to visit the aptly-named Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur. The campus consists of an exhibit gallery with “Spirit Lesson Stations,” language learning stations and historical objects; a Stomp Dance interactive display; the “Removal Hallway” exploring the Chickasaws’ painful “Trail of Tears” experience; and even an historically accurate outdoor “Inchokka’” traditional village, among other exhibits. The center aims to “capture the essence of Chickasaw culture” as well as share the Chickasaw’s “unique culture with the world,” and is a can’t-miss stop.
“But wait,” you say to yourself. “Where is this ‘Sulphur’ of which you speak, and how do I get there? Is it a burdensome journey?” Easy there, Chief. Sulphur is less than 90 miles from OKC and makes for a quick and easy day-long or weekend escape. There are tons of other cool things about Sulphur – the Chickasaw National Recreation Area is one of the nation’s oldest national parks and has about 10,000 acres of pristine preserved flora and fauna to explore, the nearby Lake of the Arbuckles offers camping, boating, fishing and more, and popular Turner Falls features a 77-foot waterfall, hiking trails, sandy beaches, three natural caves, and even a rock castle(!), among other beachin’ items. Yep, sounds like a trip to Sulphur is the kind of cure you’re looking for.
For more info on Native American cultural attractions in our great state, check out http://www.travelok.com/article_page/top-native-american-attractions-in-oklahoma.
[Image via Chickasaw Nation.]