Our deepest gratitude is extended to Gregg Howard, executive producer of Various Indian Peoples Publishing Company for providing source material and recordings used here in our Choctaw Language pages. Gregg Howard has graciously provided explicit written permission to share Various Indian Peoples Publishing copyrighted material, for the benefit of our internet community and for the benefit of all people.
A special thanks to Charley Jones, a Chahta elder being born in 1917, who lives in Idabel, Oklahoma, just a handful of mule miles from our family's birthplace, Eagletown, Oklahoma. Charley provides many audio sources, spoken in native Sixtowns Choctaw Dialect.
Many excerpts are sourced from "A Dictionary Of The Choctaw Language" written by Cyrus Byington back in 1909. This Choctaw dictionary, the only in existence, is provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau Of American Ethnology. Excerpts from Byington's Dictionary are protected under Federal "Fair Usage" policies. Byington's dictionary is available online at prices ranging from twenty dollars to fifty dollars. Do shop around for a good price, with a good average price being around thirty dollars.
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These following links are divided into logical blocks, each containing basic introductory material which is easy to learn and none are overwhelming. Charlie Jones provides audio examples for almost all words and phrases, so you can actually hear Chahta being spoken! All audio files are compressed wav format; small and fast loading. Various Indian Peoples Publishing provides a basic format for these lessons, with some personalized words and phrases included by Okpulot Taha, your dubious hostess.
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Isht Ala - Introduction: Why you need to forget na hollo imanumpa "language of white men."
Apisa Achuffa - Lesson One: Basic enunciation, tense and grammar syntax.
Apisa Tuklo - Lesson Two: Simple greetings, questions and counting numbers.
Apisa Tuchina - Lesson Three: Seasons, time and temporal tense.
Apisa Ushta - Lesson Four: People, relatives and things.
Apisa Tahlapi - Lesson Five: Food and drink.
Apisa Hannali - Lesson Six: Animals.
Apisa Untuklo - Lesson Seven: Weather and direction, north, south, east and west.