Chickasaw Nation to offer beaded collar make-and-take class

ARDMORE — The Chickasaw Nation will host a beaded collar class from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Chickasaw Nation Ardmore Community Center, 907 Locust St.

The class is open to the public at no charge, and supplies will be provided.

Attendees can expect to create a child’s beaded collar, the item worn across the shoulders of women in traditional regalia after European contact.

The intricate beaded collars worn at the yoke of the dress were an adaptation of the style of necklace that was being worn by some European women at the time of contact.

Chickasaws took this style and incorporated it into their culture by constructing the piece with the newly acquired glass beads. This type of beadwork was practiced by many of the Southeastern tribal cultures.

Class size is limited, and registration is required. For more information or to register, call (580) 371-9835.

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