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A variety of programs such as camps, clubs and classes exists to help Chickasaws of all ages learn the ancestral language. By fusing learning with excitement, these programs increase retention and spark a passion for sharing the language with others.

Putting the Chickasaw Language into the Martial Arts Program

Matt Clark

Matt Clark explains his love and passion for learning the Chickasaw language, and why he thinks it's vital for young Chickasaws to embrace the culture of their ancestors through his second passion – martial arts.


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Chickasaw Nation Martial Arts Program: "The Sensei's Story"

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