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March 18, 2014

Journey to the Chickasaw White House and ‘Go Fly a Kite!’ in March

Ada — The new activity book “Chickasaw Journeys” promises to take children of all ages on a fun and educational adventure throughout Chickasaw Country.

With “Journeys” mascot, Ofi’ Tohbi (White Dog) serving as guide, the book features questions, mazes, word games and other activities based on Chickasaw history, language and culture.

The book also includes activities to complete during a trip to Chickasaw cultural and historic destinations, including the Chickasaw Council House, Chickasaw Historic Capitol, Chickasaw White House and Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Participants will receive a commemorative oksop (bead) and a stamp in their books during visits to these facilities. Ofi’ Tohbi can also be discovered at the highlighted destinations. 

Upon completion of the book, participants become official members of the Ofi’ Tohbi Club and receive a commemorative patch and collector’s coin.

Books are available for purchase at the Chickasaw Council House, 209 N. Fisher, Tishomingo; the Chickasaw Historic Capitol, 411 W. Ninth Street, Tishomingo; Chickasaw White House, 6379 E. Mansion Road, Milburn; Chickasaw Press and Chickasaw Arts and Humanities, Ada; and the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Charles Cooper Memorial Drive, Sulphur.

Kite Flying set at 

Chickasaw destination

While members of the Ofi’ Tohbi Club are discovering Chickasaw destinations, families can “go fly a kite” at the historic Chickasaw White House.

The Chickasaw Nation White House will host an old-fashioned kite flying event March 21 and 22, and March 28 and 29.

The family-oriented event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the White House, 6379 E. Mansion Road, Milburn.  

Bring your own kite and join in the fun, or use one of the kites provided by the staff.

This old-fashioned event is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

When Chickasaw Gov. Douglas H. Johnston lived in the White House in the early 1900s, kite flying was a favorite pastime. The Johnston family spent many hours creating and flying their own kites on the White House lawn.

The restored historic home will also be open for tours, upon request.

Directions to the Chickasaw White House:

From Tishomingo, go east on State Highway 78 through Milburn, approximately three miles. Watch the east side of highway and turn right (west) at the cemetery sign (Mansion Road). Drive for approximately a half-mile. The White House is setting on the right (north) side of the road.   

For more information, call the Chickasaw White House at (580) 235-7343.

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