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Release Date: June 19, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



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NORMAN, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation will offer community Chickasaw language classes 6-8 p.m., Thursdays through September. Classes are open to the public at no charge at the Chokka’ Kilimpi’ building, 3200 Marshall Ave.

Classes are planned for:

July 12, (Tue)17, 26
Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, (Tue) 28
Sept. 6, 13, 20

Location is subject to change, and if so students will be notified weeks in advance.

Instructor Jason Eyachabbe, education coordinator for the Chickasaw Nation, will lead the class in gaining a deeper understanding of Chikashshanompa’ (the Chickasaw language). Students will bolster their Chickasaw vocabulary and learn about the history and culture in which the language is rooted.

Classes will consist of common words and phrases, language engagement activities and also Rosetta Stone videos and lessons.

The Chickasaw language was the primary language of Chickasaw people for hundreds of years, passed on to new generations orally. It is viewed as a gift from the ancestors.

In 1994, the estimated number of fluent Chikashshanompa' speakers was less than 1,000. Today, there are less than 75 fluent speakers, with the vast majority older than age 55.

Several programs and services have been established by the Chickasaw Nation to revitalize the language. To learn more about available programs and services, visit www.chickasaw.net/chickasawlanguage.

A self-teaching tool called Chickasaw Basics can be found online at anompa.chickasaw.net or downloaded as an app on the iTunes App Store. The app features hundreds of fully vocalized Chickasaw words along with phrases, songs and videos.

For more information or to register for the class, contact instructor Eyachabbe, 405-343-2158. For more general Chickasaw language inquiries contact the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program, 580-272-5318.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016