Traditional village, Chickasaw Cultural Center, Oklahoma (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

This is the Chikasha Inchokka’ (“Chickasaw house”) traditional village compound, authentically re-created at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

There’s a big council house, two summer houses, two winter houses, a corn crib and a ceremonial mound, all enclosed by a stockade fence.

Here’s the interior of one of the winter houses, with an opening for the smoke from the warming/cooking fire inside….

Chickasaw Cultural Center, winter house interior (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

The Cultural Center is really well-designed and it gave me a new appreciation of the Chickasaw. I highly recommend jumping off of Interstate 35 and paying them a visit; here’s more info on Native American tourism in Oklahoma.

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