The Voices of Our Ancestors

A Chickasaw Storytellers' Series

For centuries, the sacred stories of the Chickasaw people were passed down from one generation to the next in their native tongue as oral histories, chronicling the unique journeys of Chickasaw families and their shared connection to their tribe. Today, with fewer than 50 native speakers, that connection is threatened like never before—a threat set in motion over a century ago. In this episode of Winter Fire, "The Voices of Our Ancestors," learn about the endangered Chickasaw language's cultural significance, and how the Chickasaw Nation is revitalizing the language today with innovative programs and state-of-the-art learning tools. Also, hear from native speakers, linguists, tribal officials, historians and citizens, and meet the next generation of Chickasaws dedicated to keeping the language alive.