Chahta Anumpa Aiikhvna/School of Choctaw Language Collection

Languages Represented: The collection materials are in Choctaw and English

Collection Date Range: 2008

Creators: Israel Richard Adams, Leo Adams, Rhoda Anderson, Ellis Carnes, Paula Wilson Carney, John W. Durant, Abe Frazier, Lillie Jessie, Bob Ludlow, Christine Ludlow, Rebecca Nahwoosky, Eveline Steele, Henry Willis, Dorothy Gibson-Van Horn

Extent: 37 items

Abstract: Audio oral histories originally recorded in 2008 and featuring the voices of more than a dozen elders from the Choctaw Nation.

Acquisition Information: These records came to the Sam Noble Museum in 2010 and were deposited by Marcia Haag. 

Access Restrictions: The records are open to research. Contact the NALC at 405-325-3332 or language.samnoblemuseum@ou.edu.

Cite As: [item], catalog number, Chahta Anumpa Aiikhvna/School of Choctaw Language Collection, Sam Noble Museum Department of Native American Languages. 

Collection Scope and Contents:

The Chahta Anumpa Aiikhvna/School of Choctaw Language Collection is an audio/print oral history collection. There are 17 recordings in all totaling more than 7 hours of audio documentation of the Choctaw language, a Muskogean language traditionally spoken by the Choctaw people of the southeastern United States.

The recordings were made in 2008 in Ada, Boswell, and Red Oak, Oklahoma as part of a DEL (Documenting Endangered Languages) grant through the National Science Foundation. Accompanying the recordings are full print transcriptions in Choctaw and English.

Among the recordings are interviews with members of the Choctaw dictionary committee by members of the Cherokee Nation. In addition are stories, narratives and commentaries that capture the life experiences of Choctaw people as told in their own words. They include recollections of:

  • Farm and prison work in early 1900s Oklahoma
  • Being Choctaw and attending boarding school during the Great Depression
  • Hunting
  • Encounters with ghosts

There are also stories about food, including recipes for making “banaha” and “Tansh Hauwashko” - traditional breads of the Choctaw people.

The collection features the voices of a wealth of Choctaw elder speakers, including Israel Richard Adams, Leo Adams, Rhoda Anderson, Ellis Carnes, Paula Wilson Carney, John W. Durant, Abe Frazier, Lillie Jessie, Bob and Christine Ludlow, Rebecca Nahwoosky, Eveline Steele, Henry Willis. Dorothy Gibson-Van Horn and Eveline Steele provided the transcriptions and translations.

Catalog #Title
CHA-001.001Narratives and commentaries
CHA-001.002Narratives and commentaries (transcription)
CHA-002.001Audio interview with members of the Choctaw dictionary committee by members of the Cherokee Nation
CHA-002.002Audio interview with members of the Choctaw dictionary committee by members of the Cherokee Nation
CHA-003Uncle's work life (transcription)
CHA-004.001 Owatta
CHA-004.002Owatta (transcription)
CHA-005.001Hattak Yuskololi
CHA-005.002Hattak Yuskololi (transcription)
CHA-006.001Life history of Ellis Carnes
CHA-006.002Life history of Ellis Carnes (transcription)
CHA-007.001Luksi micha ano
CHA-007.002Luksi micha ano (transcription)
CHA-008.001Boarding school runaways
CHA-008.002Boarding school runaways (transcription)
CHA-009.001 Banaha ikbi and tansh hauwashko
CHA-009.002Banaha ikbi and tansh hauwashko (transcription)
CHA-010.001Aboha anutaka
CHA-010.002Aboha anutaka (transcription)
CHA-011.001Slaughtering a hog
CHA-011.002Slaughtering a hog (transcription)
CHA-012Aboha kvllo chito (transcription)
CHA-013Ayuka aiasha
CHA-014.001Wheelock boarding school 'ghost' experience
CHA-014.002Wheelock boarding school 'ghost' experience (transcription)
CHA-015.001Shukha vbi li naha tuk
CHA-015.002Shukha vbi li naha tuk (transcription)
CHA-016.001Ofi chito holba
CHA-016.002Ofi chito holba (transcription)
CHA-017.001Childhood memories
CHA-017.002Childhood memories (transcription)
CHA-018.001Tanchi labona ikbi
CHA-018.002Tanchi labona ikbi (transcription)
CHA-019.001Hopoba chito
CHA-019.002Hopoba chito (transcription)
CHA-020.001Boarding school days
CHA-020.002Boarding school days (transcription)