The Historic Map of the Unconquered and Unconquerable People
One of my favorite events was Ponokfónkha, a day of remembrance. On July 27 the Chickasaw Cultural Center hosted a special ceremony horning Chickasaws who persevered through hardships of the Great Removal from the Homelands in 1837.
On this day Governor Bill Anoatubby officially unveiled the Historic Map of the Unconquered and Unconquerable People.
The award-winning map stands 8 feet tall and is made of granite and Turkish marble. The map displays the Chickasaw Homelands and Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma.
Influenced by old-world cartography, the map is a beautiful marble timeline beginning with the creation story and ending in present day.
Etched into the granite surrounding the map is hand-drawn images of significant milestones of the Chickasaws’ journey through time –from early Dutch trading to astronaut John Herrington's historic space shuttle mission.
GeoSpatial Information staff collaborated with tribal historians and archivists to ensure that places, timelines and routes listed on the map were historically accurate.
The Historic Map of the Unconquered and Unconquerable People hangs in the Mosaic Room at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.
Every time I look at it I notice something new, it is truly a sight to see!
Anowa chipisala' cho!
(Until I see you again!)