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Old 07-13-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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I'm looking through about each thread and searching for the dancing and how to get started and getting involved. I have a 4 year old daughter, and we are both Chickasaw. I don't want to loose my heritage, so I want to learn also. I want to know how to get involved and learn more about my culture. I'm pregnant again with a boy and would like to see at least one of my children, if not both, involved in our culture. I've checked out materials at the library on pow wow dancing and beading and about Chickasaw nation. I'm learning little by little as something comes along. Please any help is much needed, and very grateful to have. Even if someone can send me a link as to where to get started and where to go. I even do research online on the Chickasaw website.
I just so happen to stumble upon this website because I liked the page from facebook and followed the link to here.
I'm from Tulsa, OK and willing to travel some distance as long as it's not too far either.
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Welcome to the site!

One of the things I learned as a young mother that my family was the starting point for all of my questions. When I became the grandma after losing my grandparents and parents, I realized that I was now the keeper of all that information.

Start with your family, then your community and then your tribal councils. Only a Chickasaw can be a Chickasaw.
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I'm looking through about each thread and searching for the dancing and how to get started and getting involved. I have a 4 year old daughter, and we are both Chickasaw. I don't want to loose my heritage, so I want to learn also. I want to know how to get involved and learn more about my culture. I'm pregnant again with a boy and would like to see at least one of my children, if not both, involved in our culture. I've checked out materials at the library on pow wow dancing and beading and about Chickasaw nation. I'm learning little by little as something comes along. Please any help is much needed, and very grateful to have. Even if someone can send me a link as to where to get started and where to go. I even do research online on the Chickasaw website.
I just so happen to stumble upon this website because I liked the page from facebook and followed the link to here.
I'm from Tulsa, OK and willing to travel some distance as long as it's not too far either.
Thank You,
ndnchickasawgrl
Chickasaw people have their own social dances, check with your people to learn about them. From the Gar Fish Dance to the Stomp Dance.
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@ndnchickasawgrl, as suggested by @yaahl, moved your thread to another forum where you can have more visibility.
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@AmigoKumeyaay, now who was that "NDN" chick u saw at Penchanga? Heart of Hope?

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Welcome to the site!

One of the things I learned as a young mother that my family was the starting point for all of my questions. When I became the grandma after losing my grandparents and parents, I realized that I was now the keeper of all that information.

Start with your family, then your community and then your tribal councils. Only a Chickasaw can be a Chickasaw.
Unfortunately, I have no way of knowing how to contact my family. I was adopted and put with a family that was only Cherokee by blood but didn't participate in any of the culture. I'm having to be the start of this family. The tribal council that handles the Chickasaw Nation is way down south from where I live.
Although now I'm starting to see commercials of the Chickasaw Nation and its people and what we stand for. Not to mention we are now in some kind of political debate about the Oklahoma water.
Thanks for responding though.
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Unfortunately, I have no way of knowing how to contact my family. I was adopted and put with a family that was only Cherokee by blood but didn't participate in any of the culture. I'm having to be the start of this family. The tribal council that handles the Chickasaw Nation is way down south from where I live.
Although now I'm starting to see commercials of the Chickasaw Nation and its people and what we stand for. Not to mention we are now in some kind of political debate about the Oklahoma water.
Thanks for responding though.
Most tribal offices have a person who is familar with who is who in the tribe and who is related to who. I suggest very strongly that you contact the tribal office and speak to the membership people.

With today's technology, great distances are covered in a mere nanosecond of fibre optics so setting out that the tribal office is too far is an excuse. Pick up the phone and call them.

I have worked with many, many adoptees and you would be surprised how well the tribe's citizens know who is related to who and wait eagerly for the adoptees to find their way home.

I worked with one girl who had been adopted when she was only 6 months old. When she was 30, she found her way home to her people and to welcome her home, the tribe had 30 years of treaty money for her (kept in trust), 30 years worth of trade gifts that had been collected on her her and the other adoptee's behalf and she had her share of the annual hunt for that year. They even had a blanket for her that was made in the hopes of her finding her way home.

You may not know your people, but I can assure you, they will know who you are.
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Most tribal offices have a person who is familar with who is who in the tribe and who is related to who. I suggest very strongly that you contact the tribal office and speak to the membership people.

With today's technology, great distances are covered in a mere nanosecond of fibre optics so setting out that the tribal office is too far is an excuse. Pick up the phone and call them.

I have worked with many, many adoptees and you would be surprised how well the tribe's citizens know who is related to who and wait eagerly for the adoptees to find their way home.

I worked with one girl who had been adopted when she was only 6 months old. When she was 30, she found her way home to her people and to welcome her home, the tribe had 30 years of treaty money for her (kept in trust), 30 years worth of trade gifts that had been collected on her her and the other adoptee's behalf and she had her share of the annual hunt for that year. They even had a blanket for her that was made in the hopes of her finding her way home.

You may not know your people, but I can assure you, they will know who you are.
So how do I find a the number and name of the department to call? It was actually just sometime back that I was even able to get my membership card but had to go through DHS for them to get it and pass onto one tribe only to find the information was sent to another tribe and that's how I was able to get my membership card. And Oh got your other response from the thread about 6 years ago that was posted, I didn't even notice that information because I'm just trying to get familiar with this site. Thanks
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Ok Thanks so much for your help, Yaahl. Actually went to the Chickasaw Nation website and found more information I needed to do my research. As a matter of fact, I found that they have a directory for those of us who live outside the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation. How great is that?
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