Fort Cobb, OK – September 16, 2014 – An exhibit featuring the unique heritage of the Caddo Nation is on display at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center from September 15-26, 2014.
“True to Tradition: History and Heritage of the Caddo People” features the long history of the Caddo in Oklahoma, from their ancient roots in the southeastern part of the state through modern efforts in language revitalization. The exhibit grew out of an interest by Caddo people to share their culture and to increase public knowledge of their history. It was developed through collaboration between members of the Caddo Nation and friends of the tribe.
A major goal of the project is to trace the roots of particular Caddo traditions back in time, illustrating their development through archaeological, historical, and contemporary examples. It also promotes preservation of living cultural traditions, traditional objects, and archaeological sites. The exhibit is accompanied by a website, www.caddoheritage.wordpress.com.
Dr. Elsbeth Linn Dowd, registrar at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman, drew on her recent dissertation research in southeastern Oklahoma to provide archaeological examples of Caddo traditions. Tracy Newkumet Burrows, Yonavea Hawkins, and Kim Penrod provided information on traditional regalia and foods. Members of the ongoing Caddo language class also contributed. Funding and support for this exhibit came from an SRI Foundation Dissertation Research Grant in Historic Preservation, the National Science Foundation under Grant No. BCS 1024313, the Sam Noble Museum, the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, and the U.S. Forest Service Ouachita Forest.
The exhibit is available for display at schools, libraries, and community centers. For more information on scheduling the exhibit please contact Elsbeth Dowd at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 405-875-1150.
More information about CKTC is available online at www.caddokiowa.com or by calling 405.643.5511.
Posted on Tue, September 16, 2014
by Susan McElhaney