Seasons of abundance continue for Chickasaw Nation creative arts

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 09/30/2021, 3:56 PM
Edited: 05/09/2024, 7:27 PM

(CHICKASAW NATION) The 2021 Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM) and SEASAM Youth will go virtual for the second year, beginning Friday, October 1.

The marketplace of First American art from Southeastern and Woodland tribes has provided opportunities for artists to showcase their work (and visitors to buy it) as part of the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival since 2005.  

“The overall market experience will be remarkably similar, and we will allow the artists and buyers to connect directly,” said James Wallace, Chickasaw Nation director of Visual Arts, Media and Design.

Wallace said this year’s virtual market will remain up through December 31.

“This will give the artists and buyers an outlet for sales through the holiday season,” Wallace said.

People can vote on the People’s Choice Award at until November 5. The winner will be announced November 8.

Creative writing has also flourished in the Chickasaw Nation. 

Just one year after SEASAM debuted, Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby established the Chickasaw Press. 

Chickasaw Nation spokesperson Tony Choate said media produced by Chickasaws for Chickasaws is intended to “preserve, perpetuate, and provide an awareness of Chickasaw history and culture.” 

We’re told Chickasaw Press is the only known operating and fully staffed First American book and media publisher in the United States with production capability and regularly scheduled releases.

Chickasaw writers produce fiction, poetry, and other creative works through White Dog Press, which joined Chickasaw Press in 2013. 

Find the latest new and upcoming releases here. 

You can save 15% storewide through October 2 as part of their Annual Meeting and Festival storewide sale by using code SAVE15. 


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