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Chickasaw Nation Artist Experiments With Ancient Dyeing Technique

TISHOMINGO, Oklahoma, Dec. 13 -- The Chickasaw Nation, a federally-recognized Native American tribe, issued the following news release:

Rena Smith has been making pucker toe moccasins for years but recently became interested in dyeing fabric with cochineal - a beetle from Central and South America whose crushed carcasses produce a reddish color.

It's been used for centuries as a dye and it is believed early Chickasaws used it to dye or embellish fabric with ancient symb . . .

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