The artist worked with the Chickasaw Nation and the project architect to guide the design of the building in directions that are consistent with Chickasaw culture and worldview. Part of this effort included a Cultural values study that identified colors, directions and relationships among humans, nature, and the cosmos that characterize Chickasaw traditions.
Abo Pomi (Our House) is a museum, a library, an archive, a center for research and education, and a place for performance and meetings. It is a place for Chickasaw people to come together and for others to visit and learn about Chickasaw heritage and Chickasaw ways. The artist developed a series of patterns and icons representing Chickasaw clan totems for use as design themes throughout the complex. She also designed a series of installations for the site that celebrate the sun, moon and stars, and Chickasaw ancestry based on tribal stories.
The artist worked with tribal curators and archivist’s to develop site-works based in traditional tribal stories.
The “North Star Walk” was intended to relate the North Star story to unsighted visitors in the stonework walls as they walked through the passage.
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