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The Chickasaw Indians lived originally in Mississippi, just north of ttie Choctaws, to whom they are linguistically related. About 1530 they were moved to what is now Oklahoma, where today they number about 5,000. Most of them live near the town of Ardmore, in the southernmost part of the state. About 2,500 people are still able to speak the language. Chickasaw belongs to the Muskogean family.

Chickasaw is spoken/used in United States of America

Language Family
Family: North American Indian
Subgroup: Muskogean

Copyright © Kenneth Katzner, The Languages of the World, Published by Routledge.

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Writing Sample


The Chickasaws are of the Muskogean family, whose principal nations were the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Chockhoomas. The country occupied by them extended from the Gulf of Mexico up the east side of the Mississippi River, then up the Ohio to the dividing ridge between the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers and on eastward to the Atlantic Ocean.
As trackers and hunters the Chickasaws had no superiors. They were celebrated for their personal bravery and indomitable spirit and had almost endless endurance. There were no Chickasaw orphans. If the mother or father died, or the father was slain in battle, the child was immediately placed with a near relative able to care for him and was thereby adopted into the new family and no differences were shown in the children.