Place Names at the Chickasaw Cultural Center: Keeping Our Language Alive

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The native tongue is kept alive in part by creating new words and place names in the Chickasaw language. Traditional naming methods, such as those used at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, help to describe the use or function of a particular place.

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