Photograph of River Cane courtesy of Dr. Ian Thompson
We are very thankful to Dr Ian Thompson , Choctaw Nation archaeologist, anthropologist and artist for allowing us to interview him and some of the tribal elders for our Oklahoma documentary. He will be taking us to a site along the river near Brown, Oklahoma where we can see the endangered freshwater mussels which are one of the essential ingredients added to the native clay which they dig for their pots. Their endangered status is due to water pollution. We will also visit a place where river cane grows and is also endangered. Ian told me that years ago before his time one could see three miles of river cane at a location as far as the eye could see but now there are only patches. He will be telling us about it's uses for the Choctaw and we will interview Sue Folsom about the various crafts and traditions that are being revived. We will also be talking to the Tribal Language Department about the Choctaw language. As Ian expressed it to me for the Choctaw "language codes your thoughts". It will be fascinating to explore what this means.
We will be visiting a class where Choctaw traditional pottery is being taught. I am not going to say anymore about all of the information we will hearing and saying in our visit to Durant, OK as I have SO much to learn and will be sharing much more in our documentaries and on this blog May 15-16 while we are there, except to add this information from wikipedia below.
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