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Services > Lowak Sho'li (Carry the Fire) First American Humanities Forum

Lowak Sho'li (Carry the Fire) First American Humanities Forum

The 2022 Lowak Sho'li Humanities Forum will feature four First Americans from the field of language revitalization. The panelists will discuss how First Americans are using their knowledge and experience to preserve and revitalize First American languages.

This year’s panelists are Clovis Hamilton (Chickasaw/Choctaw), Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program Director; Dane Poolaw (Kiowa/Choctaw/Lenape), University of Oklahoma Kiowa Language Instructor; Katie Thompson (Sac and Fox), Sauk Language Department Director; and Ryan “Wahde” Mackey (Cherokee), Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program Manager. The panel will be moderated by Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities Creative Developer Rachel Stick.

In the Chickasaw language, lowak sho'li means “to carry the fire.” The Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities Division hopes to keep the flame or desire Chickasaw people have for the arts and humanities alive as it passes from one generation to the next. The Lowak Sho’li Humanities Forum has been hosted annually since 2012 to encourage First American youth and college students to pursue a career in arts and humanities while providing an opportunity for open dialogue with the community about the importance of First American representation in arts and humanities professions.

The 2022 forum will take place Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center, 830 E. Main St., Ada, Oklahoma. The forum will also be offered live via Zoom webinar. Attendees can register for the in-person or virtual event by clicking HERE. For more information, please email or call (580) 272-5520.


  • Open to the public

Service Area

Chickasaw Nation Residents

This service is available inside the Chickasaw Nation's boundaries

Contact Information

(580) 272-5520

(580) 272-5525


Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1548
Ada, Oklahoma 74821


Arts & Humanities (Abney)
201 N. Broadway
Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(580) 272-5520