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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.

JoAnn Ellis: Teacher of the Chickasaw Language

JoAnn Ellis

Raised in a household in which both her mother and father spoke Chickasaw, JoAnn Ellis remembers learning both Chickasaw and English beginning in her early youth. A professor at East Central University, JoAnn devotes three-quarters of her time immersing herself in the Chickasaw language.


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Chickasaw as a Primary Language

Catherine Willmond
Catherine Willmond is a Chickasaw fluent speaker, an award winning author and a teacher of the Chickasaw language.