Preservation

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By speaking and sharing the language, Chickasaw people are ensuring its survival for many years to come. Here, discover how Chickasaw linguists and elders are working to preserve their ancestral tongue.

Preserving the Language

Emma McLeod and Ellen Chapman

Ellen Chapman and Emma McLeod explain that teaching the native language helps to preserve their tribal heritage for future generations. As participants in the Nation’s former Master-Apprentice program, they enjoy passing on the Chickasaw language and culture to children and members of the community.

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