September 8 and 9, 2017

Oka Kapassa Committee welcomes new board member.

Mr. Bill Brekeen began employment with the Chickasaw Nation as a Cultural Interpreter in March of 2015 after retiring from The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. His duties include assisting with the facilitation of Homeland Tours, special events, and program development. During his thirty year tenure with the Mississippi State Park system he served in many positions including Park Ranger, Park Assistant Manager, Park Administrator Senior (District Manager), and Park Manager. His career with State Parks began after graduation from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Park and Resources Management. While serving as Park Manager of Tishomingo State Park in Tishomingo, MS he found a passion for Native American History especially Chickasaw History. Bill is a member of the Chickasaw Historical Society, The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association, and the Tupelo Disc Golf Association. He enjoys anything outdoor related including hiking, fishing, disc golfing, nature study along with working with the public. However, his greatest joy in life comes from his daughter, Lacey Lane, who is a sophomore in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Itawamba Community College in Tupelo, MS.

Bill has been a positive contributor to the Oka Kapassa Festival for many years as he represented Tishomingo State Park and shared its cultural heritage to festival attendees. He has volunteered his time and talents to promote the mission and goals of Oka Kapassa. We are pleased to welcome him to the Oka Kapassa Festival Board and look forward to all he will bring to the event.


Here's a video about Oka Kapassa, produced by our friends Brad Clonch and Jeff Carpenter from INJUNUITY.

Oka Kapassa, a special Native American gathering, is held in Spring Park, Tuscumbia, Alabama to celebrate the culture and traditions of American Indians who once thrived in north Alabama. The 17th annual two-day event will be held on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, 2017. Friday Sept. 8 is School Day, with hands-on activities for students in grades 4 - 5 (but is also open to the general public). Saturday Sept 9 is for the public, with scheduled dances, artists sharing their skills, Native food vendors, Native music, Chickasaw ponies, and much more. Admission is free to the public on both days.

See our Schedule Page for details.

Click here to see The 2016 Festival Flyer.

For general information, contact Colbert County Tourism at 256-383-0783 or 1-800-344-0783. Schools may register by contacting Tammy Wynn at the University of North Alabama In-Service Center, 256-765-4359 or 1-800-760-7517, or by email at



You will find the people of Tuscumbia and surrounding cities of Florence, Sheffield, and Muscle Shoals to be a warm and hospitable folk. Creek Indian Chief Chilley McIntosh spoke favorably of the people in Colbert County, stating "As long as our nation remains upon the earth, we will recollect Tuscumbia." Return to Coldwater is an event not only for the reunion of family and friends, but also for tourists who come to enjoy the celebration of native culture still very much alive here in the Tennessee Valley.

Many crafts and activities are offered, including

  • Storytelling & Stonecarving
  • Flutes & Flute Music
  • Hoop Dancing
  • Fancy & Traditional Dancing
  • Blowgun Demonstrations
  • Shell Carving
  • Flintknapping
  • Basket Making
  • Authentic Indian Foods - Frybread,
    Indian tacos, & Corn
  • Native American Language Table
  • Pottery
  • Jewelry & Beadwork
  • Archery Demonstrations
  • Hairbraiding
  • Dolls

  • Oka Kapassa: Return to Coldwater has been designated a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

    In memory of Diamond Go-Sti Brown, sharing with students at Oka Kapassa 2015.

    Spring Park Festival Schedule



    Volunteer at Oka Kapassa!

    UNA 2015 Volunteers

    Festival Guidelines

    Festival Committee and Advisory Board

    Festival Images

    Oka Kapassa Salutes the Greatest Generation

    For more information contact:
    Colbert County Tourism
    (256) 383-0783   Toll Free (800) 344-0783

    Oka Kapassa Webmaster

    This page last updated 09/18/2016.