Choctaw Traditional Arts

To the right is a traditional Choctaw style clay cooking pot.  It was made from hand-dug clay, mixed with burned, crushed freshwater mussel shells to keep it from cracking.  It was shaped by hand into a specific style that was being used by Choctaw people at the time of European contact.  It was fired to between 1000 and 1200 degrees in a open bonfire using only the human senses to gauge the temperature.  Now, this thin, light weight vessel is used for cooking foods right on top of the fire, like the blackberry dumplings pictured here. 

 

Choctaw traditional art comes out of a special relationship with the land that is 600 generations deep.  This art is beautiful, functional, and sustainable; it connects inseparably with Choctaw traditional culture, language, community, and food.  For Ian, traditional art was a gateway into Choctaw culture and community. He began learning how to chip stone arrowheads from his uncle at the age of 7.  As an adult, has worked to re-learn and revitalize sleeping Choctaw artforms, teaching hundreds of Choctaw community classes for the Tribe over the past two decades.  Students have become teachers.

 

We make traditional pottery like the vessel pictured, stone arrowheads, knife blades, ground stone axes, bows, arrows, blowguns, traditional buckskin, and traditional clothing.  Every piece is made from native raw materials, created using traditional techniques, and made in period-specific styles; fully functional and one of a kind.

As other responsibilities allow, we do occasionally offer traditional clay pots, glass arrowhead Christmas tree ornaments (right), bison horn spoons, and traditional archery equipment for sale.  Please email for inquiries.

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