Iti Fabvssa

Have you ever had a question about Choctaw traditional culture, lifeways, or history, but not been able to find the answer? "Iti Fabvssa", is a monthly column in the "Biskinik"  (Choctaw Nation newspaper), written by staff members of the Choctaw Nation Historic Preservation Department, which answers questions from readers about anything within these subject areas. Through this column we ultimately hope to create a conversation through which, Choctaws can increase our knowledge about the past, strengthen our Choctaw, and develop a more informed and culturally grounded understanding of where we are headed as a people in the future.

The writers of "Iti Fabvssa", are excited about the possibilities that this column offers, and humbly invite anyone who has a question about Choctaw culture, lifeways, history, food, clothing, famous people, stories, games, artwork, or anything else traditional to e-mail it in to us. We will do our best to give you an accurate and thorough response.  We also invite you to view the back issues below.

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2017

2016

2015

2014

2014.01 Story of a Choctaw POW comes to light after 300 years
2014.02 The Choctaw Hymns
2014.03 Fort McCulloch: A mostly forgotten Choctaw historical site part 1
2014.04 Fort McCulloch: A mostly forgotten Choctaw historical site part 2
2014.05 The Office of Chief and the Constitution of the Choctaw Nation
2014.06 Choctaw resistance to removal from ancient homeland part 1
2014.07 Choctaw resistance to removal from ancient homeland part 2
2014.08 Choctaw resistance to removal from ancient homeland part 3
2014.09 Choctaw resistance to removal from ancient homeland part 4
2014.10 Rethinking Columbus Day: How Native Americans Shaped our World
2014.11 Choctaw Cold-Weather Clothes
2014.12 Keeping old man winter at bay the Choctaw way

2013

2013.01 Choctaw Textiles
2013.02 Traditional uses of freshwater mussels
2013.03 Shell Gorgets
2013.04 Shell Beads: The ancient Choctaw 'bling'
2013.05 Making a Choctaw stone arrow point
2013.06 Chahta Amptoba Choctaw Traditional Pottery part 1
2013.07 Chahta Amptoba Choctaw Traditional Pottery part 2
2013.08 Chahta Amptoba Choctaw Traditional Pottery part 3
2013.10 Chahta Amptoba Choctaw Traditional Pottery part 4
2013.11 A Choctaw sport older than stickball?!
2013.12 'Iyyi Kowa'- A Choctaw Concept of Service

2012

2012.01 Choctaw and buffalo
2012.02 Ancient Choctaw burial practice
2012.03 Making Choctaw arrows
2012.04 Making a Choctaw War Arrow
2012.05-06 Agriculture
2012.07 Choctaw Tattoos
2012.08 The Choctaw Blowgun
2012.09-10 Stone-Bladed Axes
2012.11 Traditional Deer Hunting
2012.12 Traditional Buckskin

2011

2011.01 Choctaw smoking pipes and tobacco
2011.02 Choctaw baskets
2011.03 Revitalizing Choctaw moccasins
2011.04 - 'Chukka' - the traditional Choctaw house
2011.05 Women - the givers and supporters of life
2011.06 The role of Choctaw fathers and uncles
2011.07 Choctaw Arrowheads capture interest
2011.08 The awesome atlatl
2011.09 The Choctaw Sweat Lodge
2011.10 Choctaw Nation and the American Civil War
2011.11 Early Choctaw settlement discovered in Mississippi

2010

2010.01 How important was bow and arrow to our ancestors
2010.02 History and development of Choctaw foods
2010.03 Green Corn Ceremony
2010.04 Early political structure
2010.05 Details on the Choctaw migration
2010.06 The Choctaw river cane flute
2010.07 Stickball the Choctaw national sport
2010.08 Chief Aufaumatauba's daughter
2010.09 Choctaw place names in 'Oklahumma'
2010.10 Making a Choctaw bow
2010.11 Knowledge of origins helps maintain unique identity and heritage
2010.12 Women's clothing

2009

2009.07 Iti Fabvssa
2009.08 Everyday life of our ancestors
2009.09 A-tok-lan-tubbee description
2009.10 Allotment
2009.11 Traditional Choctaw Pottery
2009.12 Spiritual beliefs and rituals