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Spring into Action with Several Activities at the Choctaw Cultural Center

Egg Hunt, beading and many more events in April

Published March 24, 2022

DURANT, Okla. – As the spring season arrives, it’s time to make plans to visit one of southeast Oklahoma’s newest family destinations, the Choctaw Cultural Center.

April offers a seasonal slate of activities highlighting the tribe’s traditional heritage, as well as providing fun for all ages. Arts, crafts and educational workshops and other activities are available to the public at the Choctaw Cultural Center, 1919 Hina Hanta Way, in Calera.

Programs are free with a paid admission to the cultural center. Choctaw Nation tribal members are admitted at no cost. Guests may move through the permanent and changing exhibitions and visit the Champuli Café and Hvshi Gift Shop. The cultural center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays and will be closed April 15 for Good Friday.

Basic Contemporary Twining

The artform of “Choctaw twining” dates back to the times of Moundville and was used to make bags, skirts, and shawls. The workshop will demonstrate how it represents the relationship between ourselves and the land, plants and animals.

Adult Workshop Times:

  • Friday, April 1, 1-2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 2, 3-4 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22, 1-2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 23, 3-4 p.m.

Kids Workshop Times:

  • Saturday, April 2, 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 21, 1-2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 23, 1-2 p.m.

Registration is with Brenner Billy or 833-708-9582.

Beaded Wristlet Keyring

In the early years of contact with Choctaw people, European explorers and colonists used glass and ceramic beads for gifts and trade. Choctaw people created beautiful works out of these traded items. This contemporary method of wrapped beading in a hands-on workshop will show how to create a beaded rope wristlet keyring.

Adult Workshop Times:

  • Friday, April 8, 1-2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 9, 3-4 p.m.
  • Friday, April 29, 1-2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30, 3-4 p.m.

Kids Workshop Times:

  • Thursday, April 7, 1-2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 9, 1- 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30, 1-2 p.m.

Registration is with Brenner Billy or 833-708-9582.

Curator Talks

In the early Choctaw calendar April is known as Hash Tek Inhashi or Month of the Woman. In honor of this month, the Curator Talks will focus on the important roles that Choctaw women historically had in their culture. How women and girls maintained the crops, the objects they used to tend agricultural fields, and the foods they grew that sustained Choctaws year-round, will be discussed.

  • Friday, April 8, 11 a.m.-Noon
  • Friday, April 8, 2-3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22, 11 a.m.-Noon
  • Friday, April 22, 2-3 p.m.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Closed on Good Friday, the center will re-open on Saturday for the inaugural Easter Eggstravaganza on April 16 with a basketful of fun.

  • Throughout the day, storytelling and themed crafts will be in the Luksi Activity Center.
  • 11 a.m., Egg Hunt for children ages 10 and under will take place outdoors, near the Living Village and the Great Mound. This event is BYOB – Bring Your Own Basket. (In the case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.)
  • Noon – 2 p.m., photos with the Easter Bunny

Hide Tanning Workshop

The program on the process of tanning animal hides will be presented by the Choctaw Historical Preservation team. Participants will work with faux hides made from canvas to simulate the breaking down of rawhide into a flexible tanned hide.

  • Saturday, April 2, 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 9, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration is with Brenner Billy or 833-708-9582.

Okchahli

This event is a celebration that reflects the Women’s Month of the Choctaw people. Activities will include social dancing, planting in the Growing Hope Garden, and speakers.

  • Saturday, April 16, 2-4:30 p.m.

Rabbit Stick Workshop

Commonly conducted 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 a small club thrown to contact 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 in the Living Village, with stick throwing techniques.

  • Saturday, April 23, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration is with Brenner Billy or 833-708-9582.