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.
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.