TUPELO, MISS. (WCBI) – On a recent Sunday afternoon, the statue of Chickasaw Chief Piomingo was the focus of a video shoot as locals were able to play supporting roles.
“Folks from around the community looking at the statue, just trying to capture the acceptance of the statue in the Tupelo area,” said Producer Andy Lamon.
This crew is from Oklahoma based Ackerman McQueen Advertising. They have been working with the Chickasaw Nation for years, producing videos and other content for the website Chickasaw dot TV.
Chief Piomingo played a formative role in the Chickasaw nation. He was born in Mississippi around 1750. He is known for his diplomatic skills, meeting with President George Washington to reach agreements that benefited his people.
Pat Rasberry of the Tupelo Film Commission believes the rich Chickasaw history in the area will translate well to the video pieces.
“It’s so important for us to honor Chief Piomingo and to incorporate that into the segments through Chickasaw dot TV and the history that’s there for all to enjoy from an educational standpoint as well,” Rasberry said.
It also provided a chance for area residents to showcase their talents,
Are you an actress?
“I dabble a little bit, of course I’m not in Hollywood but I’m available,” said Carolyn Parson
This could be the start of an acting career.?
“Okay,” said Magalie Martin.
Would that be cool?
“Yes,” she said.
It was also a history lesson.
“I’ve always been interested in the Indians in this area, I used to collect arrowheads and what have you,” said Murray Cook.
What have you learned about Piomingo?
“I learned that he was really an ally between the white man and red man during his time,” Parson said.
Video segments that were shot this past weekend could be on Chickasaw dot TV in about a month. There are also plans to film in West Point and Aberdeen as producers work to capture the story of the Chickasaws history, heritage and influence .