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.

Drawn to Our 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 his background in fine arts and how he eventually became drawn to both art history and native language revitalization.

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"Anompa": The Chickasaw Word for Language

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Josh Hinson explains how the Chickasaw word for "language," or "anompa," is used.

Speaking in Chickasaw

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Josh Hinson speaks about his family, childhood and Chickasaw heritage in the Chickasaw language.

The Ancient Language of Clans

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Joshua Hinson describes how his family learned the history of its clan, the Panther Clan.

Immersing Myself in the Language

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Joshua Hinson recalls the first Chickasaw dictionary he had and explains how he became more interested and proficient in the language.

Two Keys to Learning the Language

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

The Chickasaw Language Committee

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Joshua Hinson explains how the Language Committee's knowledge base is incredibly important to the survival of both the Chickasaw language & culture.

The Chickasaw Language: Less Variation in Dialect

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Joshua Hinson describes the lack of variation in the Chickasaw dialect & how that fact is an advantage to teaching the language to future generations.