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October 25, 2012

Forum celebrates Chickasaw culture

Ada — ADA — The second annual Lowak Sho’li “Carry the Fire” Native Humanities Forum is set for 6 p.m. today. The forum will be in the Black Box Theatre of the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities building, 201 North Broadway.

Lowak Sho’li is free and open to the public. A panel of language, history and literature scholars will discuss basic tenets of the humanities, historic contributions of Native and non-Native humanities, important current initiatives and cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.

Conducted as a part of National Arts and Humanities Month, the forum will invite questions from the audience.

Humanities include academic disciplines such as history, language, visual and performing arts that connect human thought and culture.

“When I think of the humanities, I think of that body of knowledge that makes us more human,” said Rachel Jackson at last year’s forum, adding that humanities allow us to “think beyond our constraints.”

Jackson is the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma instructor for Kiowa Clemente Course in the Humanities and a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma.

The Chickasaw Nation also offers the Chickasaw Clemente Humanities course, which consists of college-level study programs exploring art, history, literature, language, government and culture that play an integral role in teaching Chickasaw culture.

Students gain an increased awareness of the Chickasaw history, language and culture and how it compares with that of Western society.

The course has been offered at East Central University for several years and this spring will be taught on the campus of three universities in Oklahoma.  

This forum is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.

For more information about Lowak Sho’li Native Humanities Forum or Chickasaw Clemente Humanities Course contact the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities at (580) 272-5520.

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