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Chickasaw Indian Language (Chikasha, Chickasha)

Chickasaw is a Muskogean language of the American Southeast. It is very closely related to Choctaw and many linguists consider them two dialects of a single language. There are around 1000 speakers of Chickasaw today (most in Oklahoma, where the Chickasaws were forcibly relocated in the 1800's), and another 10,000 speakers of Choctaw. Like other Muskogean languages, Chickasaw is a language with morphologically complex verbs and SOV word order.

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Chickasaw Indian Language
Chickasaw language samples and resources.

Chickasaw Indian Tribe Culture and History
Related links about the Chickasaw Indian nation past and present.

Chickasaw Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common questions about the lifestyle of the Chickasaw people.

Chickasaw Legends
Introduction to Chickasaw Indian mythology.

Chickasaw Language Resources

Our Online Chickasaw Language Materials

Chickasaw Vocabulary:
    List of vocabulary words in the Chickasaw language, with comparison to words in other Muskogean languages.
Chickasaw Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Chickasaw words.
Chickasaw Animal Words:
    Picture glossary of animal words in the Chickasaw language.
Chickasaw Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Chickasaw language.
Chickasaw Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in the Chickasaw language.
Chickasaw Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in Chickasaw.
Chickasaw Food:
    Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Chickasaw language.

Chickasaw Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
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Chickasaw: An Analytical Dictionary:
    Chickasaw dictionary for sale.
Introduction to Chickasaw:
    Audio language learning course (textbook and cassettes).
Te Ata:
    Interesting biography of a Chickasaw storyteller.
Chickasaw Talking Dictionary:
    Language learning CD from the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Native Languages of the Southeastern United States:
    Survey of Southeast Native American languages, including Chickasaw.
Native American Language Dictionaries:
    Chickasaw and other American Indian dictionaries and language materials for sale.

Chickasaw Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Chickasaw Nation: Language:
    Information from the Chickasaw tribe's language department.
Chickasaw Native Language Activities:
    Online video lessons for the Chickasaw language.
Chickasaw Language Basic App:
    iPhone app with Chickasaw language lessons.
Chickasaw Language, Alphabet and Pronunciation:
    Phonological inventory of Chickasaw, with a sample text.
Hello Oklahoma: Chickasaw Tribe:
    Chickasaw alphabet, greeting, and sample text.
Chickasaw Language Made Simple:
    Wordlists from the Chickasaw Indian language. Some include audio files.
Human Rights: Chickasaw:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Chickasaw language.
Chickasaw Psalm: * Chickasaw Lord's Prayer:
    Chickasaw language translations of Christian prayers.
Chickasaw Language Tree:
    Theories about Chickasaw's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Chickasaw Language Structures:
    Chickasaw linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Chickasaw Language Preservation and Usage

Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program:
    Information about the Chickasaw tribe's master-apprentice program and community language classes.
Oklahoma Chickasaw family keeps their language alive:
    News article about language maintenance on the Chickasaw reservation.
House of Languages: Chickasaw:
    Information about Chickasaw language usage.
Ethnologue: Chickasaw:
    Demographic information about the Chickasaw language.
Native American Dog Names:
    Chickasaw names for dogs and other pets.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Lengua Chickasaw:
Information on the Chickasaw language in Spanish, including linguistic maps of the Southeast.
Wikipedia: Chickasaw:
Encyclopedia articles about Chickasaw language, history, and culture.
Learning Chickasaw:
Bibliography of Chickasaw language learning resources.

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