Immersing Myself in the 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 recalls the first Chickasaw dictionary he had and describes how he eventually became more interested and proficient in the language.


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