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 500 generations deep.  This art is beautiful, functional, and sustainable; it connects inseparably with Choctaw traditional culture, language, community, and food.  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. Partnering with Choctaw Nation, we have given hundreds of presentations, demonstrations, and traditional arts classes for Choctaw people across the country to help revitalize traditional arts.  Now, some of the students have become teachers.

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

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About Us

Amy and Ian Thompson are a couple with a deep passion for reawakening Choctaw traditional knowledge in a way that can improve quality of life in the 21st century.

 

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