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Choctaw Cultural Center Teaching Tradition Classes, Workshops Available in March

Published February 24, 2022

DURANT, Okla. – Spring has sprung at the Choctaw Cultural Center for the month of March. The Choctaw Cultural Center offers engaging and interactive educational experiences every day. These programs are included with paid admission.

Dates and times are subject to change. Tribal members and the public are invited to attend workshops and other activities at the Choctaw Cultural Center, 1919 Hina Hanta Way, in Calera. Admission is free for Choctaw tribal members.

This webpage will continually be updated and may be checked for any schedule changes. The Welcome Desk also may be contacted for information at 833-708-9582.

Programs are free with a paid admission. Choctaw Nation tribal members are admitted free.

Curator Talks

Join Kristen Walczesky as she presents on the topic of Beads which are on exhibit at the Choctaw Cultural Center.

  • Friday, March 11, 11am
  • Friday, March 11, 2pm
  • Friday, March 25, 11am
  • Friday, March 25, 2pm

Traditionally Inspired Clay Pottery Bowls

This workshop focuses on the process of creating clay pottery bowls, with information based on Ian Thompson’s book Choctaw Food: Remembering the Land, Rekindling Ancient Knowledge. Participants will learn about the rich history of clay pots and create a pottery bowl inspired by Choctaw tradition.

Adult Workshop Times:

  • Friday, March 4, 1-2pm
  • Saturday, March 5, 3-4pm
  • Friday, March 11, 1-2pm
  • Saturday, March 12, 3-4pm
  • Friday, March 18, 1-2pm
  • Saturday, March 19, 3-4pm
  • Friday, March 25, 1-2pm
  • Saturday, March 26, 3-4pm

Kids Workshop Times:

  • Thursday, March 3, 1-2pm
  • Saturday, March 5, 1-2pm
  • Thursday, March 10, 1-2pm
  • Saturday, March 12, 1-2pm
  • Thursday, March 17, 1-2pm
  • Saturday, March 19, 1-2pm
  • Thursday, March 24, 1-2pm
  • Saturday, March 26, 1-2pm
  • Thursday, March 31, 1-2pm

Register for the workshop with Brenner Billy or call 833-708-9582

Hide Tanning Workshop

Join us at the Choctaw Cultural Center to learn about hide tanning methods. This program focuses on the process of tanning animal hides with presentational information provided by our Historical Preservation team. Participants will work faux hides made from canvas, using the action of breaking down the stiffness of the wax to simulate the breaking down of rawhide into a flexible material like tanned hide.

  • Saturday, March 5, 2:30pm-4pm
  • Saturday, March 12, 2:30pm-4pm

Register for the workshop with Brenner Billy or call 833-708-9582

Cultural Kites

Our Choctaw ancestors used the wind for controlled burns, which resulted in more fertile earth to sustain plants, trees and wildlife. Embrace the windy month by making kites that remind us of how wind and fire brings new life. Guests can construct and customize their kites with animals, plants and designs that would be produced from the rejuvenation of Choctaw environments.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2:30pm-4pm
  • Friday, March 18, 2:30pm-4pm

Rabbit Stick Workshop

Commonly done in the month of February, the Rabbit hunt was done after the first frost and challenged all hunters to develop and sharpen their hunting tactics. The rabbit stick is like a small club thrown at the animal without major damage to the food source. This workshop will include a demo build of the rabbit sticks with traditional materials and hand tools. Then, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a simulated “hunt” course with stick throwing techniques.

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2:30pm-4pm
  • Saturday, March 19, 2:30pm-4pm

Art Market

Join us at the Choctaw Cultural Center for an event featuring beautiful and unique handmade items by registered Choctaw artists. Items available for purchase, ATM on site.

  • Saturday, March 5, Noon-4pm