From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, the Chickasaw Cultural Center will host its first-ever Fall Festival. There are several events scheduled in the center’s traditional village, which has replicas of Chickasaw homes from Southeastern homelands.
Traditional Chickasaw foods will also be a focus, with corn roasting, food arbors, a Pashofa cook-off and food tasting throughout the day. For the uninitiated, Pashofa is a traditional Chickasaw dish, consisting of corn and pork.
Continuing with the spirit of great food, JoAnn Ellis and Vicki May Penner, co-authors of the newly released Ilimpa’chi’ (We’re Gonna Eat!): A Chickasaw Cookbook, will be available on-hand for book signing.
“Ellis and Penner selected favorite recipes, some of which are translated into the Chickasaw language, for the first Chickasaw Press cookbook,” a press release stated. “The book also includes a glossary of Chickasaw cooking terms and phrases from traditions of food and family by Chickasaw writers and fluent speakers.”
Other festivities include a pumpkin patch, storytelling, stomp dancing demonstration as well as Chickasaw language and horticulture booths.
The Chickasaw Cultural Center is located at 867 Charles Cooper Memorial Road in Sulphur, Okla. For more information, please visit www.chickasawculturalcenter.com or call (580) 622-7130.