Kalli here, your new Chickasaw Country travel blogger! I’m excited to start exploring with you, so here we go!
While other kids were watching Disney Channel growing up, I watched documentaries on the History Channel with my dad. My dad loves history, and because of him, I do too! Some people say, “History is boring,” but I think it is so important. It taught me that anyone can make a big difference in the world, and that I stand on the shoulders of the people who came before me.
One way to explore the history in Chickasaw Country is to visit the different statues around the area! Stretching over 13 counties, you’ll be sure to find plenty of history-rich activities.
“The Chickasaw Warrior” at the Chickasaw Cultural Center is a must see! The Warrior represents the Chickasaw’s people’s “unconquered and unconquerable” spirit. It was made by Kelley Haney, a past Oklahoma Legislator and the former Principle Chief of the Seminole Nation.
Another neat statue to see at the Chickasaw Cultural Center is “The Owwatta” which means “They’re hunting” in the Chickasaw language. It shows two Chickasaw hunters in the prehistoric era of Mississippian Culture Period.
If you are in the Ardmore area, “The Chickasaw Man” is a fun statue to view at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum. This statue was a gift from Jerome Westheimer Sr. and designed by Doug Hyde. “The Chickasaw Man” is a more modern representation of the Chickasaw people after moving to Indian Territory.
If you’re looking to celebrate the Chisholm Trail’s 150th anniversary, then stop by the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan to see the “On the Chisholm Trail” statue. This statue tells the story of cowboys driving cattle on the Chisholm Trail.
So if you’re in the mood to learn more about the history of the area then, take a trip south-central! Bring a camera and get ready to learn some history! Don’t forget to use #routecc on social media, and we just might feature your photos!
Keep exploring, I know I will,