The Chickasaw language revitalization program began in 2007 and the department of Chickasaw language was founded in 2009. Chickasaws believe that the language was given to them by Chihoowa or Abaꞌ Binniꞌliꞌ (God), and that it is an obligation to care for it: to learn it, speak it and teach it to children. The Chickasaw language is viewed as a gift from the ancestors for all Chickasaw people. The job of the Chickasaw language revitalization program is to help people access that gift.
Programs offered by the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program:
In 2015, the Chickasaw Nation partnered with renowned language experts, Rosetta Stone, to establish a contemporary educational tool for language learning.
The customized program, set to launch in the fall of 2016, this is a unique learning opportunity that will be offered exclusively to Chickasaw citizens. The program will include 80 lessons created over the course of the next two years.
Chipota Chikashshanompoli (Youth Speaking Chickasaw) language club meets once a month in Ada and Ardmore. Students learn the Chickasaw language through total physical response activities and song. Students compete each year at the annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair.
Chickasaw community language classes meet once a week in Ada, Ardmore, Oklahoma City, Purcell, Sulphur and Tishomingo. Each class is taught by a fluent speaker or fluent speaker with facilitator. East Central University in Ada, Okla. offers four course levels and is taught in the fall and spring.
The Chickasaw Basic app is the first of its kind to be developed by a tribe or nation. The app features hundreds of Chickasaw words along with phrases, songs and videos. Available to download from the desktop app is the Chickasaw Basic App Review and Assessment Workbook, a companion guide featuring language puzzles and quizzes.
Chickasaw Basic is available for desktop and Android devices at www.Chickasaw.net/anompa. Apple users may download the app for free from the iTunes App Store.
With the introduction of Chickasaw.TV, learning the Chickasaw language became more easily accessible. Chickasaw.TV has a channel dedicated to learning the Chickasaw language through lessons, songs, games and stories. Visit the Chikashshanompa' channel on Chickasaw.TV.
For more information contact the Chickasaw Nation Language Revitalization Program.