Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen pictured with Governor Bill Anoatubby following dedication of the "Arrival."

Celebrate Memorial Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center

May 24, 2013

Celebrate Memorial Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma on May 25-26 and see what life was like in a 1750s Chickasaw village.

Living history re-enactors will offer interactive activities for the whole family including basket making, hide tanning, archery, traditional children’s games, craft and pottery demonstrations and a stickball game. There will also be a Chickasaw language demonstration and a gardening lesson.

Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen will host a film and presentation documenting the creation of the sculpture “Arrival.” The over-nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture overlooks a bluff at the cultural center and depicts four generations of a Chickasaw family forced to leave their ancestral home and travel hundreds of miles to an unknown place. The sculpture weighs 3,000 pounds and shares with all the story of the Chickasaws arrival in present-day Oklahoma.

Larsen used living Chickasaws as models for the sculpture as well as research he did on the history of the culture.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center is located at 867 Charles Cooper Road in Sulphur, Oklahoma. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Mike Larsen's sculpture, "Arrival," which is on display at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Oklahoma. (


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