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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.

Resources for Learning the Language

Joshua Hinson

Joshua Hinson is an artist and Director of the Department of Chickasaw Language in the Division of History and Culture for the Chickasaw Nation. Here, Joshua describes the variety of new methods available for people to learn the Chickasaw language, including classes, apps and Internet resources. The goal, he says, is for Chickasaws everywhere to be able to access language learning tools if they so choose.


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Language Lessons

Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, Director of Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, Director of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, discusses the head-start language program.

Exploring the Chickasaw Language at the Cultural Center

Lisa Billy
Visitors delight in seeing, saying and learning the meanings of the Chickasaw words you'll see all around campus.

Launch Of The Clemente Courses

Lisa Billy
Lisa Billy reflects on the enriching experience it was to have taken this course, available at East Central University and Murray State College.

Language Camps for Families

Lisa Billy
Chickasaw language family camps are now available that can teach Chickasaw to the parents as well as the children.

Chickasaw as a Living Language

Lisa Billy
Though some Native American languages have been lost, Chickasaw continues to thrive as a living language.

Joshua Hinson: My "Chickasaw Survival" Class at OU

The Chickasaw Nation
Joshua Hinson describes the Chickasaw language learning community available to University of Oklahoma students.

Two Keys to Learning the Language

Joshua Hinson
Joshua Hinson explains the keys to keeping the Chickasaw dialect alive.

The Chickasaw Language App

Joshua Hinson
Anyone interested in learning more about the Chickasaw language, has easy access to a free language app available for download.

Chickasaw Nation Division of Historic Preservation

Chickasaw Nation Citizen Benefits
The Chickasaw Nation Division of Historic Preservation works to make sure stories from the original homelands are carried into future generations.