Ithana: The Learn and Lunch Series

July 24, 2019

  • Noon - 1 p.m.
    Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture

  • 💲Reservations required
    Presentation is free and open to the public
    Lunch option - $5

The Chickasaw Cultural Center will host Ithana: The Learn and Lunch Series Wednesday, July 24, at noon in the Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture.

This month’s topic, Chickasaw Ribbon Dresses: Creating and Sustaining Regalia Traditions, will be presented by Colleen Chadwick. At the time of Removal, most Chickasaw women wore a cotton pioneer dress with an apron. The ribbon dress featured ruffles at the yoke and the bottom of the hem. Adornment would include ribbons sewn on the dress, ruffles and intricate beaded collars. The collars were adapted from a style of necklace worn by some European women of the time. Together, we will explore the historical evolution of the ribbon dress and steps in ribbon dress creation.

Presentation is free and open to the public. Attendees may choose to purchase the $5 lunch option. This week's lunch consists of a gourmet pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, pashofa, cobbler and a drink.

Reservations are required - please contact the Special Events Department at 580-622-7130 or email

*IDP credit is available for Chickasaw Nation employees who attend.

About the Speaker:
Colleen received three degrees in education, the first from Northeastern State Oklahoma University in Tahlequah and the last two from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Previous employment includes six years as a County Extension Agent/Director in McIntosh County, Oklahoma and 26 years as an Extension Agent, District Extension Director and Regional Program Director with Texas Cooperative Extension Service. The past nine years, she has been employed by the Chickasaw Nation as a grant writer, grants program manager and trainer. She currently serves as a research assistant at the Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture. Colleen has a passion for Chickasaw history, culture and life-long learning. She is a member of the Chickasaw Historical Society and a graduate from Leadership Ada, Leadership YOUniversity and Schnake Turnbo Frank Leadership & Reputation Academy in Oklahoma City.

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