Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Remembering Our Past, Building Our Future: The Chickasaw Cultural Center Time Capsule

Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Remembering Our Past, Building Our Future: The Chickasaw Cultural Center Time Capsule

Article excerpt

Fifty years from now, items donated to a time capsule commemorating the opening of the Chickasaw Culture Center will be opened and its contents revealed to Chickasaws of the future. The event will initiate at the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center, which will feature a museum exhibit titled "Ittapatkachi" a Chickasaw word meaning "to be pieced together." It will symbolize the strength of the Chickasaw Nation and its people by uniting the individual pieces to form one greater whole.

Thse "pieces" were contributed by individuals, families, and communities where they will be placed at the base of the Chickasaw Warrior statue facing the retail gift shop. The time capsule will be one of the largest time capsules buried in this area. The dimenSions Of the capsule are 2 ft. X 2 ft. X 10 ft.

Many citizens have sent numerous items and personal effects to be buried at this ceremonial event, including photographs of Chickasaws on senior site trips, at family reunions, and loved ones that have passed away. Note cards containing a wide variety of information include treasures such as family stories, recipes, and genealogy. There are also photos of grandchildren, and an outline of Head Start children's handprints with date and class information. Some postcards simply share information about summer camps attended, childhood accomplishments, or high schools and colleges attended. Interestingly, others hold priceless messages to future grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Additionally, there are signed books written by Chickasaw writers such as Bill and Cindy Paul. Their first book, Shadow of an Indian Star, is an epic novel that chronicles three generations of a brawling pioneer family, their friends and enemies, and the women who helped battle tragedy, corruption, and their own inner demons to save themselves and the Chickasaw Nation from annihilation. …

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