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Release Date: May 20, 2020
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The enjoyment of reading a book is one of the handful of hobbies and recreational activities not impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting precautionary measures.

Readers who find themselves spending more time at home can use that time to explore the assortment of poetry and prose published by the Chickasaw Press – all available online.

The Chickasaw Press is the independent publishing house of the Chickasaw Nation and the first American Indian publisher of its kind. Readers can expect Chickasaw Press titles to share an awareness of Chickasaw and First American history and culture.

Through explorations of the real and remarkable lives of Chickasaw citizens, and entertaining works of fiction and poetry, readers will uncover new ways to connect to the Chickasaw culture.

Here are some of the press’ deep diving biographies, for anyone looking to get invested in a personal story:

“Te Ata: Chickasaw Storyteller, American Treasure (Collector’s Edition),” by Richard Green (Chickasaw Press, 2015), also in e-book format

“Piominko: Chickasaw Leader, by Thomas Cowger and Mitch Caver” (Chickasaw Press, 2017)

“A Nation in Transition: Douglas H. Johnston and the Chickasaws,” by Michael Lovegrove (Chickasaw Press, 2009)

“Edmund Pickens, Okchantubby: First Elected Chickasaw Chief, His Life and Times,” by Juanita Tate (Chickasaw Press, 2008)

“Never Give Up! The Life of Pearl Carter Scott (Collector’s Edition),” by Paul Lambert (Chickasaw Press, 2018), also in e-book format

“Dynamic Chickasaw Women,” by Phillip Carroll Morgan and Judy Goforth Parker (Chickasaw Press, 2011), also in e-book format

“Riding Out the Storm: 19th Century Chickasaw Governors, Their Lives and Intellectual Legacy,” by Phillip Carroll Morgan (Chickasaw Press, 2014)

“Wenonah’s Story: A Memoir of a Chickasaw Family,” by Robin Gunning (White Dog Press, 2019)

“The Chickasaw Rancher, Revised Edition,” by Neil R. Johnson (University Press of Colorado, 2001)

For those wanting to take a step back in time, there are these historical reads:

“Chickasaw Lives,” by Richard Green (Chickasaw Press, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012) -- a four-volume series which covers tribal history

“A Chickasaw Historical Atlas,” by Stanley Nelson (Chickasaw Press, 2018)

“Chickasaw: Unconquered and Unconquerable,” by Jeannie Barbour, Amanda J. Cobb and Linda Hogan (Chickasaw Press, 2006)

“Chickasaw Renaissance,” by Phillip Carroll Morgan (Chickasaw Press, 2010)

“Chickasaw Removal,” by Daniel F. Littlefield Jr., Amanda L. Paige and Fuller Bumpers (Chickasaw Press [reprint edition], 2020), also in e-book format

“The Early Chickasaw Homeland: Origins, Boundaries and Society,” by John P. Dyson (Chickasaw Press, 2014)

“Protecting Our People: Chickasaw Law Enforcement in Indian Territory,” by Michelle Cooke (Chickasaw Press, 2019)

“Remaining Chickasaw in Indian Territory, 1830s-1907,” by Wendy St. Jean (University of Alabama Press, 2011)

“Splendid Land, Splendid People: The Chickasaw Indians to Removal,” by James R. Atkinson (University of Alabama Press, 2004)

“Guardians of the Valley: Chickasaws in Colonial South Carolina and Georgia,” by Edward J. Cashin (University of South Carolina Press, 2009)

Inspire your imagination with these creative works:

“Chickasaw Women Artisans, by Alison Fields (Chickasaw Press, 2016)

“Chikasha: The Chickasaw Collection at the National Museum of the American Indian,” by Lokosh (Joshua D. Hinson) (Chickasaw Press, 2014)

“Chokma’si: The Beauty of the Chickasaw Nation,” by Branden Hart and Stanley Nelson (Chickasaw Press, 2015)

Elders portrait series by Mike and Martha Larsen: “They Know Who They Are” (Chickasaw Press, 2009) and “Proud to Be Chickasaw,” with Jeannie Barbour (Chickasaw Press, 2010)

“Toli: Chickasaw Stickball Then and Now,” by Stanley Nelson (Chickasaw Press, 2016)

“ilimpa’chi’ (We’re Gonna Eat): A Chickasaw Cookbook,” by JoAnn Ellis and Vicki Penner (Chickasaw Press, 2011)

“ilittibaaimpa’: Let’s Eat Together! A Chickasaw Cookbook,” by JoAnn Ellis and Vicki Penner (Chickasaw Press, 2015)

Visit other worlds in these works of fiction and poetry from White Dog Press:

“Anompolichi: The Wordmaster,” a novel by Phillip Carroll Morgan (White Dog Press, 2014), also in e-book format

“Picked Apart the Bones,” a poetry collection by Rebecca Hatcher Travis (Chickasaw Press, 2008)

“Constant Fires,” a poetry collection by Rebecca Hatcher Travis (White Dog Press, 2017)

“Mean Spirit: a Novel,” by Linda Hogan (Ivy Books [reprint edition], 1991)

“After the Fall: a Novel,” by Kate Hart (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017)

“Footprints Still Whispering in the Wind,” by Margie Testerman, featuring artwork by young Chickasaw artists (White Dog Press, 2014)

Learn the Chickasaw language with these volumes:

“Anompilbashsha’ Asilhha’ Holisso: Chickasaw Prayer Book,” by the Chickasaw Language Committee (Chickasaw Press, 2011)

“Chickasaw Basic Language, Workbooks I and II,” by Michelle Cooke (Chickasaw Press, 2016 and 2018)

“A Chickasaw Dictionary,” by Jesse and Vinnie May Humes (Chickasaw Press [reprint edition], 2015)

“A Concise Chickasaw Dictionary,” by Jesse and Vinnie May Humes, Lokosh (Joshua D. Hinson), ed. (Chickasaw Press, 2015)

“Let’s Speak Chickasaw: Chikashshanompa’ Kilanompoli’,” by Pamela Munro and Catherine Willmond (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008)

Read the works of these notable Chickasaw authors:

“Exploring the Depths of History: A Selection of Nineteenth-Century Wells in Indian Territory,” by Towana Spivey (Chickasaw Press, 2020)

“Uprising!: Woody Crumbo’s Indian Art,” by Robert Perry (Chickasaw Press, 2009)