Teaching & Learning

People who participated in a past program called Master-Apprentice continue to be vital proponents of preserving the language of their Chickasaw ancestors. By teaching and passing their native heritage on to their children and members of the community, they were helping to ensure the survival of the Chickasaw language for many years to come.

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Preserving the Language

Emma McLeod and Ellen Chapman
Ellen Chapman and Emma McLeod explain that teaching the native language helps to preserve Chickasaw culture and heritage for future generations.

JoAnn and Jeremy

JoAnn and Jeremy Ellis
Chickasaw fluent speaker JoAnn Ellis explains why the mission of language revitalization is so important to her.

Stanley Smith and Clovis Hamilton

Stanley Smith and Clovis Hamilton
Stanley Smith and Clovis Hamilton say they’re encouraged by the increasing interest in the revitalization of the Chickasaw language.

Emma McLeod and Ellen Chapman

Emma McLeod and Ellen Chapman
Ellen Chapman expresses her joy at learning her native language from a revered community elder.

Hannah Corsello and Rick Greenwood

Hannah Corsello and Rick Greenwood
Hannah Corsello says new speakers hold the future of the Chickasaw language in their hands.