Chickasaws from across the country will come home to celebrate the 2013 Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival, Sept. 28-Oct. 5.
Theme for the 2013 Annual Meeting and Festival is Coming Home: Sharing Our Stories.
“Chickasaws travel hundreds of miles to join in the Annual Meeting and Festival each year to renew their connection to the Chickasaw Nation,” Governor Bill Anoatubby said. “While Chickasaw people have always had a close connection to the land, the Chickasaw Nation is comprised of people who are bound together by culture and heritage. This year, we will celebrate the inspirational stories of all those who call the Chickasaw Nation home.”
This year marks the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Chickasaw Nation and the 25th Chickasaw Festival.
Activities begin Friday, Sept. 27, and culminate Saturday, Oct. 5.
Numerous events are planned for the week-long homecoming that celebrates Chickasaw heritage, culture and spirit.
Annual Meeting, State of the Nation, Oct. 5
The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Chickasaw Nation is highlighted by Gov. Anoatubby’s State of the Nation Address. The address begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at Fletcher Auditorium on the campus of Murray State College in Tishomingo.
Following Gov. Anoatubby’s State of the Nation Address, Tishomingo’s Main Street will be the scene of the Festival Parade at 11:45 a.m.
A wide variety of exciting events and activities will take place throughout Tishomingo October 5, at the historic Chickasaw Capitol, Pennington Park, Murray State College campus, Johnston County Sports complex and other venues.
The Southeastern Art Show and Market will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the Capitol grounds. Chickasaw Press book signings, stickball, dance troupe and cultural demonstrations will be conducted from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the same location.
A traditional Chickasaw meal will be served at 11:45 a.m. on the Murray State College lawn. A health fair will coincide with the lunch.