The traditional Council House was where all our people traditionally gathered for feasting, dancing and ceremonies. This 1,200 sq. ft. replica of an 18th century council house serves as the orientation theater for the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center. Upon entry, sensors trigger the introductory audiovisual experience. At the end of the short film, the screen magically rises to reveal a pathway under a rock ledge, over a stream and into the Spirit Forest.
The ancient, authentic Chickasaw Council House walls are made of large wooden beams, interwoven with smaller branches over which was applied a paste of clay painted white with ground-up seashells. The mountain-shaped roofs were built with timber rafters and purlins (beams), and thatched with suitable grasses.
For this replica, more than five tons of timbers were lowered into place by crane by Florida-based ThemeWorks Inc., whose portfolio includes design for Universal Studios and SeaWorld.
Location: The Council House Orientation Theater is located in the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center.