Caddo Culture Club Officers:
Michael Meeks II, Chairman
PO Box 231
Binger, Oklahoma 73009
The Caddo Culture Club is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1988 in an effort to preserve the culture and traditions of the Caddo People. We were the first known group that was established to help preserve the culture of the Caddo Indians.
We have appeared at universities, public schools, and museums throughout the United States performing our songs and dances and providing information about our history as well as modern activities. In the past year, we have appeared at many local events as well as event all across Oklahoma Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Some of our events include:
- The Annual Caddo Culture Day event at the Caddo Mounds Site near Alto, Texas.
- The yearly Caddo Conference held at different locations across Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
- Our Annual Dance is held yearly on the third weekend of June at the Caddo Nation Dance Grounds.
The Caddo Culture Club meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Caddo Nation Cultural Building at 7:00PM to discuss upcoming events and activities. Members usually bring a covered dish for potluck and we practice our traditional Caddo singing and dancing after the meeting. The Caddo Nation’s Cultural Building is located 5 miles east of Binger, Oklahoma or 15 miles north of Anadarko, Oklahoma at the intersection of Highways 152 & 281. Our meetings are open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
Culture Club Pictures of Past Events
The Shuwii ti’ti’ (Caddo Youth Drum Group) and the Caddo Culture Club recently performed at the 2008 Southern Legislative Conference Opening Reception held at the Oklahoma State Capital on July 11, 2008. The Conference was for the Southern Legislative Representatives of 13 states along with Oklahoma.
Members of the drum group are (front row, left to right), Mason Meeks and Cheyne Bullcoming (standing L to R), Mike Meeks Drum Group Leader, Daniel Williams, Reylan Shemayme, Baylen bullcoming, Michael Meeks II, Travis Threlkeld, and Justin Delaware. Maxine Lydia Watan, Caddo Culture Club Jr. Princess (Top Picture).
Taysha Autaubo, Caddo Culture Club Sr. Princess also attended.
During the summer the Hasinai Head Start invited the Culture Club to come and share their songs and dances with their students. Mr. Mike Meeks, Drum Group Leader, invited some of the boys to come and set at the drum with them. He explained each dance before they sang and encouraged the students to participate. The Culture Club Jr. Princess, Maxine Watan lead each dance.
On June 20 – 21, 2008 the Culture Club held their annual dance. Along with the turkey dance, the social dances and stomp dances, the Club had turtle races, a domino tournament and other activities which included The Thurman “Sonny” Parton Bow Shoot. The bow shoot was named after an outstanding man and bow shooter who always worked hard at preserving our Caddo heritage. This is a way to honor him by naming the Bow Shoot after him for his dedication in keeping our songs, dances, bow shoot and our culture alive. The bow shooters shot for grocery items using either a “Traditional” or a “Compound” bow.
Culture Club Videos
The club has began a project to digitize and archive many audio and video recordings of Caddo songs, dances, and ceremonies from many different sources. The results will be placed in the Caddo Museum archives for visitors, researchers, and members to access and enjoy. One of our objectives is make available these recordings on this website to inform about various dances and songs we retain and cherish.
(Video clips require Windows Media Player)