Two successful 2019 Chickasaw Celebrations!

During 2019 the Chickasaw Inkana Foundation hosted two Chickasaw cultural celebrations.  This year’s celebrations included demonstrations of traditional Chickasaw dances, flute playing, and stickball. Also included were face painting, archaeology, a weapons and tools station, as well as, academic presentations on Chickasaw history. The first celebration was held September 4th at the Natchez Trace Parkway headquarters in Tupelo, Mississippi. Over 100 visitors attended the event, participated in activities and listened to Raymond Doherty speak about George and Salichi Colbert, and Stan Nelson speak on the famous Chickasaw leader, Piominko.

Hosted on September 6th in Pontotoc, Mississippi, just south of town square at the recently completed First Choice Pavilion, the second celebration of the year was the first ever held in Pontotoc. With over 250 people in attendance, the celebration began with a formal welcome to the Chickasaw Nation from Mayor Bob Peeples. Many people participated in the activities and listened to Stanley Nelson who again spoke about Piominko.  The 2019 celebrations were featured in Invitation Tupelo and can be found at the following link:

The Chickasaw Inkana Foundation is thankful for our partnerships with the Chickasaw Nation, Natchez Trace Parkway and the City of Pontotoc, Mississippi which help us preserve, protect and interpret Chickasaw history and culture.

Welcome Brady Davis

The Chickasaw Inkana Foundation would like to welcome our new Interim Executive Director Brady Davis. Brady is the former director of Homeland Affairs for the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of Heritage Preservation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Brady is passionate about preserving, protecting and promoting Chickasaw history, culture and heritage sites in the Chickasaw Homeland.  He lives in Tupelo, Mississippi with his wife Cristina, an educator, and their two young children Ethan and Hannah.

2019 Chickasaw Celebrations

This year’s Chickasaw Celebrations will be Wednesday, September, 4, 2019 at the Natchez Trace Visitor Center from 4PM – 8PM and Friday, September, 6 2019 at The Pavilion at First Choice Gateway in Pontotoc, also from 4:00PM – 8:00PM.  We will have various demonstrations showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Chickasaw people.  Both events will feature the Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe.  Also, the Chickasaw Nation’s Stan Nelson, will a presentation on Piominko.  In addition to Mr. Nelsons presentation, the Natchez Trace event will also feature CIF Board member, Raymond Doherty.  He will speak on his research on with the Saliichi Colbert House.  For more info, please visit