The Chickasaw Cultural Center is inviting people to experience their current exhibit, Aprons: Tying Together Chickasaw Kitchens, at the Aapisa’ Art Gallery in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Guests are able to explore 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.
For many families, the kitchen acts as the heart of the home as 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.
The exhibit 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.
Aprons: Tying Together Chickasaw Kitchens is on display daily through September 15, 2019 during regular Chickasaw Cultural Center hours.