Two Keys to Learning 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 describes how both daily practice of the language and incorporating new media and technologies are the keys to keeping the Chickasaw dialect alive.

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