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.
Teaching a class, Lisa has used her ability to speak Chickasaw to regain students' attention. She notes that it illustrates – in a startling and thought-provoking way – the diversity of America, with so many cultures and languages in one nation. It commands respect and puts her audience in a different mindset.