Language Is Culture

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 differences in English and Chickasaw pronunciations of native words and how certain words don’t translate between the two. Even so, to him, language and culture mean the exact same thing.


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