Explore The Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center! The Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center is located at the southwest corner of Interstate-35 and State Highway 7 at Exit 55 in Davis, and across from the Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory. The Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center is also now selling hunting and fishing licenses required by the state of Oklahoma for recreational hunting and fishing. All variations of the license will be available for purchase seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This Quarter's Featured Artist at the Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center is Timothy Tate Nevaquaya!
Nevaquaya is an award-winning Comanche artist who now lives in Tulsa. He specializes in paintings and making hand-crafted Native American courting flutes. Courting flutes are a meaningful musical tradition within Native American cultures, once part of the courting ritual. For Nevaquaya, sharing his culture is deeply personal, having trained with his father for years in the artistic traditions of the Southern Plains Indian and the Native American courting flute. Nevaquaya’s father, Doc Tate Nevaquaya, was a nationally renowned flutist and artist whose works were often featured in national and state observances.
Nevaquaya’s contemporary paintings include works using vivid color to depict Comanche warriors, traditional dances, symbols of the spirit world and more. His art has been displayed in museums across the southwest United States, and he has performed at the American Indian Dance Theatre, Smithsonian Institution, The Gilcrease Museum of Western Art and more.
The Welcome Center provides travel information about Chickasaw Country in addition to the state of Oklahoma through trained team members, informational kiosks, and printed brochures highlighting recreational, historic, cultural tourism destinations. The 5,500-square-foot Welcome Center features original Chickasaw and other Native American artwork as well as Made in Oklahoma retail items and gift items. The displayed artwork in the facility rotates throughout the year and some of the artwork is on sale while others are used as interior decoration. The facility grounds offer a children’s playground area, indoor lounge area, public restrooms, dog park, coffee service, penny press machine, vending machines and RV/Bus parking!
The Welcome Center also serves as a convenient gateway for many attractions in the area including the Chickasaw Visitor Center, Chickasaw Cultural Center, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Chickasaw Retreat & Conference Center, ARTesian Gallery & Studios and Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa. Be sure to stop by and check out the Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center on your next travel through Chickasaw Country or when searching for a special something for that special someone!