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Chickasaw Nation production brings the 2010 Creativity World Forum in Oklahoma to a close

A production titled “Lowak Shoppala — Fire and Light” provided a majestic send-off to the many world visitors in Oklahoma City for the 2010 Creativity World Forum.
BY RICK ROGERS Modified: November 18, 2010 at 12:53 am •  Published: November 18, 2010

Creativity finds its voice in countless ways, from stirring orchestral masterpieces to brilliant impressionist watercolors. The 2010 Creativity World Forum concluded its three-day conference in Oklahoma City with a theatrical production that celebrated the culture of the Chickasaw Nation.

Titled “Lowak Shoppala — Fire and Light,” the collaborative production showcased the talents of three noted Chickasaw artists: composer Jerod I. Tate, author Linda Hogan and fiber artist Margaret Roach Wheeler.

Seven performers depicted various clan leaders, each represented by an animal and its specific traits. Uniting them was a shared mutual respect that paid homage to tribal dignity and strength. This was pageantry reduced to its most primitive expressions — stoic poses, economy of movement and dramatic simplicity, all played out to Tate's orchestral score.

“Lowak Shoppala” spoke to the essence of Oklahoma's rich Indian heritage and, in keeping with the forum's challenge of finding new ways to celebrate the creative spirit, the brief presentation sent a strong message of good will to visitors from all over the world. More importantly, it proved the notion that real magic can happen when ideas are allowed to flourish.

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