Day by Day with Daisy 2008-09 travel blog

Chickasaw Council House Museum

Painting in Entry of Council House Museum

Freda de Odis - Making Pashofa, 2004 (Chickasaw national dish)

Chickasaw National Capitol 1898

Donna Webb, Manager-Curator in Capitol Store


Today was a gorgeous day, very unlike last windy Wednesday. I went to Tishomingo, Oklahoma, which is about 35 miles west of Durant.

My first stop was at the Chickasaw Council House Museum. There are three galleries and a gift shop in the museum. One gallery has a fine collection of paintings, pottery and bronzes. The second gallery has several interesting displays depicting the lives of famous Chickasaws. One that was of particular interest to me was of Jesse 'Cab' Renick, a basketball player for the Phillips 66ers team. While employed at Phillips, I worked briefly for Gerald Tucker, who had played for the team. He probably played with Cab Renick. The third gallery featured the original log Chickasaw Council House.

In the gift shop, I had a nice visit with the ladies and bought a pair of wire earrings with purple stones. I don’t know what kind of stones they are.

Next to the museum is the 1898 Chickasaw National Capitol, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Exhibits in the room originally used for the House of Representatives feature the Chickasaw history as told by Chin Chukma Tah from the house group of Inchuka cha which means, "My people came from the tall house." It covers the Chickasaw Nation’s government during the Indian Territory years, 1856-1907.

On the second floor there is a gallery which currently features the Te Ata Fisher Chickasaw Nation Employee "Tour of Winners" Art Show. I had a very interesting visit with Donna Webb, the Manager/Curator at the Capitol. She was busy getting ready for an exhibition scheduled for the end of September. Since she was the only one on duty today, she was also running the gift shop. I bought some chocolates and picked up some tourist materials.

Before heading back to Lake Texoma, I stopped at the Dairy Queen for a burger and soda to take with me. Thus ended a very pleasant day trip.

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