Stanley Smith and Clovis Hamilton

Stanley Smith and Clovis Hamilton

As participants in the Nation’s former Master-Apprentice program, Stanley Smith and Clovis Hamilton say they’re encouraged by the increasing interest in the revitalization of the Chickasaw language. Stanley, the “Master,” drove Clovis, the “Apprentice,” to learn new words every day and to incorporate them into their conversations.

SHOW MORE

Related Videos

8 Videos

Brandon White Eagle: Department of Chickasaw Language

The Chickasaw Nation
Meet Brandon White Eagle, office coordinator at the Chickasaw Department of Language.

Clovis Hamilton: Department of Chickasaw Language

The Chickasaw Nation
Meet Clovis Hamilton, language outreach specialist at the Chickasaw Department of Language.

Stanley Smith: Department of Chickasaw Language

The Chickasaw Nation
Meet Stanley Smith, the senior language master at the Chickasaw Department of Language.

Preserving the Language

Emma McLeod and Ellen Chapman
Ellen Chapman and Emma McLeod explain that teaching the native language helps to preserve Chickasaw culture and heritage for future generations.

A New Generation of Speakers

Stanley Smith and Clovis Hamilton
Stanley Smith and Clovis Hamilton enjoy learning the varying dialects and pronunciations used by speakers of the Chickasaw language.

Hannah Corsello and Rick Greenwood

Hannah Corsello and Rick Greenwood
Hannah Corsello says new speakers hold the future of the Chickasaw language in their hands.

Emma McLeod and Ellen Chapman

Emma McLeod and Ellen Chapman
Ellen Chapman expresses her joy at learning her native language from a revered community elder.

JoAnn and Jeremy

JoAnn and Jeremy Ellis
Chickasaw fluent speaker JoAnn Ellis explains why the mission of language revitalization is so important to her.