Press Release

Release Date: April 02, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • A Chickasaw dictionary is opened to a listing of English to Chickasaw translations and pronunciations. Chickasaw is an oral language, shared through speaking from generation to generation.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation will offer a Chickasaw language class, open to the public at no charge 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at the Ran Ricks room of Remington Park in Oklahoma City, 1 Remington Place. All skill levels are welcome.

The class will include a general introduction to the language, useful phrases and information about the Rosetta Stone Chickasaw program.

Instructor Ric Greenwood will use the total physical response (TPR) teaching method to help participants better grasp and memorize words and phrases.

TPR is based on the coordination of language and physical movement. Greenwood will give instructions to students in Chickasaw who will respond with actions and words. It’s a game-like and engaging way to put the language to use.

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.

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.

The Chickasaw Nation has planned monthly community classes for locations across south central and central Oklahoma all year. Class topics include language, dancing, pottery, finger weaving, beading and painting.

A finger weaving class will be offered May 8 in Pauls Valley. Upcoming classes are also planned for Purcell and Ardmore.

For more information or to register contact Teresa Workman, 580-272-5318 or Teresa.Workman@Chickasaw.net.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016