The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 12 No. 39 - July 11, 2012


Chickasaw Nation films at De Soto

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

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De Soto National Memorial became a film set last
month for a documentary on the Chickasaw Nation.

The Chickasaw Nation filmed scenes for a documentary film about Hernando De Soto and the Chickasaw at De Soto National Memorial last month.

The film will recount De Soto’s 1539-1543 expedition and his clash with the Chickasaw in their ancestral home of Alabama and Mississippi.

During the four-day filming, scenes were shot depicting De Soto’s landing in Tampa Bay and scenes of conquistadors skirmishing with Florida Indians.

Chickasaw tribal members, De Soto park staff, professional actors and volunteers came together to produce the project.

“De Soto National Memorial is very pleased to be able to partner with the Chickasaw Nation. This collaboration will help the park in continuing to tell an accurate and more balanced account of De Soto’s journey through the American Southeast” said De Soto Superintendent Scott Pardue. “We look forward to forging lasting relationships with the Chickasaw and other tribal nations; this project is just the tip of the iceberg of things to come.”

The final product, which will include scenes in Oklahoma and Mississippi, will be shown next year at the Chickasaw cultural center in Oklahoma, on and at De Soto National Memorial.

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