Hearing Elders Speaking Chickasaw

Lisa Billy

Lisa Billy recalls growing up, hearing a large group of elders speaking and praying in Chickasaw, and how it ignited her desire to learn it. Particularly rewarding is reading the Bible in her tribal language – that it helped her understand its meaning on a deeper level.


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