The kitchen is a powerful place. For many families, it is the heart of the home, a place for conversation, community and warmth; it represents the love that is cooked into a homemade meal, and culinary traditions passed down through generations. At the heart of these kitchens are Chickasaw women, the mothers, grandmothers, daughters and aunts. These strong women kept families together and traditions alive during adversity. Thanks to those women before us, we have the courage to take on today’s changing roles.
This exhibit explores kitchens within a Chickasaw context, focusing on the historic influence that Chickasaw women had on homemaking, cooking, sewing and family care throughout the 20th century. It features aprons skillfully sewn and saved by Chickasaw families, along with artifacts, photos and archival documents related to kitchen and home management. This showcase of Chickasaw women demonstrates how they have always expressed themselves in unique, unexpected and creative ways, whether inside or out of the household.
Exhibit is open during normal business hours of the Chickasaw Cultural Center and is the cost of entry.