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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.

Reviving the Chickasaw 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 gradual downturn of the Chickasaw language and how it took that negative turn to get people to realize what was unfortunately happening. It was in the 1960s and 1970s, he says, that the last generation of people who learned Chickasaw in their homes existed.

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LaDonna notes that their language gives Chickasaws their identity.

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Linda’s explorations are taking her deep into the language, examining nuances and differences among Chickasaw, Choctaw and other tribal languages.

Exploring the Chickasaw Language at the Cultural Center

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The Chickasaw language is crucial to who we are.

Speaking Chickasaw in the Real World

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Lisa Billy can identify with the plight of all Native American women who struggle to find the time to share the gift of language.

The Chickasaw Language Committee

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The Chickasaw Language Committee was organized in the 1990s and is comprised of fluent speakers appointed by the Governor.