A unique experience is about to begin for the Chickasaw Nation and any who visit — a chance to be immersed in the culture of a people.

On July 24, the Chickasaw Cultural Center opens to the public after more than 20 years since its inception. Six years have passed since the groundbreaking.

Nestled near Sulphur and next to the Chickasaw Recreation Area, the 109-acre campus offers visitors a chance to experience Chickasaw culture and history. From the meadows to the traditional village recreation, live exhibitions, artifacts and a genealogy center, a visitor would need a full day to explore the campus.

The Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center begins with a film shown in a replica of an 18th century Council House theater. From there, visitors explore high-technology displays showing the history of the people, including interactive language learning stations and a “Removal” area telling the story of the Chickasaw journey from the southeastern homelands to Indian Territory.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center is state-of-the-art and full of rich cultural history. Although the opening is on Saturday, Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, administrator of the Chickasaw Nation Division of History and Culture, said the campus will continue to go under transformation, including the planting of native vegetation and indigenous stone and trails, to both Mississippi and Oklahoma.

As Dr. Cobb-Greetham said, “You don’t have to be Chickasaw to benefit from a visit to the Culture Center.”

If the opportunity presents itself, a trip to the campus would be beneficial to anyone exploring the Chickasaw Cultural Center. For more information on the campus, including prices and hours, visit www.chickasawculuralcenter.com.

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