The Chickasaw Homeland would eventually grow to encompass some of the areas within the regions we now call Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and even Kentucky, with multiple village sites clustered around Tupelo. Here, the Chickasaw thrived within a matrilineal society guided by tribal laws. They lived a largely agrarian lifestyle, cultivating crops, fishing, and hunting deer, bear, buffalo, and turkey. Different housing styles for the seasons provided shelter from the elements. Many leaders became known for their work to maintain peace but were quick to defend their land if the need arose.
Throughout times of peace and times of struggle, courageous Chickasaw moments have shaped not only the history of the Southeastern U.S., but the history of the world. Though forced from their Homeland to present-day Oklahoma beginning in 1837, the Chickasaw connection to the Homeland is undergoing a renaissance. Thanks to the bold steps taken by members of the Chickasaw Nation, we are gaining a better understanding of our shared history. We’re proud of their work that helps us all to build a more positive tomorrow.
When you have the chance, come visit us in Tupelo where you can learn about the rich history and culture of the Chickasaw people. Take what you learn with you as you explore the Americana Music Triangle and beyond.