Detail of a newly unveiled cedar tree sculpture on the grounds of the Chickasaw National Capitol in Tishomingo. (KTEN)
Detail of a newly unveiled cedar tree sculpture on the grounds of the Chickasaw National Capitol in Tishomingo. (KTEN)
Former Chickasaw Gov. Douglas Johnston is immortalized in a sculpture on the grounds of the Chickasaw National Capitol in Tishomingo. (KTEN)
Former Chickasaw Gov. Douglas Johnston is immortalized in a sculpture on the grounds of the Chickasaw National Capitol in Tishomingo. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. — There’s some new artwork on the grounds of the Chickasaw National Capitol in Tishomingo.

It’s a colorful sculpture from remnants of a cedar tree that Oklahoma Gov. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray planted in the early 1900s. Once the cedar died, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby wanted a piece of art made from the tree.

The piece, created by chainsaw artist Tom Zimmer, depicts a raccoon, a deer, fish, and other wildlife.

“We all belong to a clan, which the clans were animal spiritual guides,” explained Chickasaw Nation Museums director Regina Berna.

The Nation also added a sculpture of former Chickasaw Gov. Douglas Johnston. 

“Share the history of the Chickasaw Nation and Chickasaw people, to educate our people and the general public,” Berna said.

The Capitol is located at 411 West 9th Street in Tishomingo.



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