Chickasaw-produced documentaries to air on Durango Government TV

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Release Date: November 19, 2020

The Chickasaw Nation Productions documentary “First Encounter” from the Chickasaw Heritage Series will air in Colorado through Feb. 15. The documentary will broadcast on Durango Government TV on Spectrum Cable Channels 191 and 981, on Channel 10.1 and online at Viewers can see “First Encounter” Mondays at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., as well as Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

The Chickasaw Heritage Series is a video project initiative from Chickasaw Nation Productions designed to inform, educate and entertain audiences about the resilient and persevering spirit of the Chickasaw Nation.

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“First Encounter”

“First Encounter” explores the actions taken by Chickasaws in 1541 during their first contact with Europeans. The documentary highlights the encounters, struggles and perseverance of the Chickasaw people throughout the attempted conquest by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

This encounter helped establish the reputation for which the tribe would be recognized for centuries and remains today – “unconquered and unconquerable.”

Chickasaw curriculum

The Chickasaw Heritage Series “First Encounter” documentary has been incorporated into an online curriculum produced by the Chickasaw Nation for elementary and secondary school levels. These and other lessons are available to homeschool and public school educators by visiting

These lessons might also interest anyone looking to dig deeper into the history and culture of the Chickasaw people, with reference materials and photographs presented much like a textbook.

Every lesson of the Chickasaw Nation curriculum is aligned with Oklahoma Academic Standards as outlined by the Oklahoma State Department of Education social studies guide.

Areas of study include history, social studies, geography and government. Students who dive into these studies will develop skills including reading, writing, critical thinking, test taking and artistic creation.

Each lesson is complete with its own lesson plan, reading material, discussion questions, student activity and reference list for convenience. This material can be easily incorporated into any educational setting.

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