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Five men and five women from the Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe in Ada, Oklahoma, perform ancient dances and songs. The Chickasaw believe their songs have been here on Earth since the beginning of time.

Monica Copeland, with the Chickasaw Dance Troupe, displays items of her attire which include earrings and a colorful collar.

Local schoolchildren participated in a stickball demonstration and practice as part of the Chickasaw Celebration Friday.

Jerry Beck displays items in his collection that were sold in trading posts during the days of the early settlers. Looking on is Jannie Luellen, nurse at Rust College.

Photos by Sue Watson
Jeanette Stone, of Potts Camp, provides a display of fibers, natural dyes and fabrics she uses in her weave crafts.

Chickasaw women wear shakers on their legs during stomp dances. The cans have smooth river rocks inside and they help keep the rhythm while the male dancers do the singing.

Local schoolchildren and adults join members of the Chickasaw Dance Troup in a Four Corners dance.

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Reenactors were stationed along the park trails wearing their costumes and telling their stories. (Above) Erin Lomenick portrays Princess Lakota during the Chickasaw Celebration. (Below) Alexa Ashmead portrays Susan Blair.

Chickasaw Celebration

The first Chickasaw Celebration held in Holly Springs was a great consciousness-raising event.

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