A master artist and craftsman who dedicated his life to preserving the Chickasaw culture

Born on October 5, 1925, Adam Charles Walker was a lifetime resident of Ada, Oklahoma, until his death in 1999.

Walker committed his life to the preservation of the Chickasaw culture, and was honored for it in 1997. He was considered a master artist by many for his techniques in preserving the tribal art of making instruments used by Native Americans.

He was chosen to represent the Chickasaw tribe for Charles Wilson's "Search for the Purebloods," a montage of portraits with narratives from the author. Walker was a full-blood Chickasaw and understood the language well. As a result, he served as a resource in the development of the book, Chickasaw, An Analytical Dictionary.

Walker led a life dedicated to his family and the Chickasaw Nation. He was honored before his death in 1999, and his memory lives on in his loved ones and those he affected.


  • Inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 1997
  • Received the first-ever Silver Feather Award