Passing down culture is an important value of the Chickasaw Nation and that expression can be experienced through East Central University’s rendition of ŒChickasaw Tales’ at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.
"Chickasaw Tales" attempts to capture the important values of the Chickasaw culture by portraying several stories through a venue categorized as 'trickster’ tales. In other words, each of the stories have been passed down by the Chickasaw elders with the dual intentions of explaining how certain animals were created by the Great Spirit and instructing Chickasaw children about inappropriate behaviors.
Authors, ECU’s Dr. Steve Phillips and the Chickasaw Nation’s Lorie Robins, use an over-arching story of Granny teaching three Chickasaw children lessons by taking them on a journey through the forest. As Granny slyly latches onto teachable moments, she tells the stories of “How Owl Came to Look the Way He Does”, “How Rabbit Lost Her Tail”, “How Opossum Came to Look the Way She Does”, and “What Happened When Alligator Met Trouble”.
“This is the first year to do this and it’s exciting to get to team with the Chickasaw Nation. This is a great way for our (ECU) students to get involved with children’s theatre. This is not only theatrical, but it helps us understand local cultures,” said Dr. Kurt A. Edwards, Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at ECU and Manager of the ECU Theatre Box Office.
Tickets are $10.
To get tickets, contact the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center Box Office by email at email@example.com or by calling (580) 559-5751.