A Concise Chickasaw Dictionary presents the orthography used by Jesse and Vinnie May (James) Humes in A Chickasaw Dictionary and the orthography provided by Pamela Munro and Catherine Willmond in Chickasaw: An Analytical Dictionary side-by-side for the first time in a simple English-to-Chickasaw reference book. Based on the original entries from A Chickasaw Dictionary, this newest tribal language dictionary also incorporates edited entries and new entries taken from audio files recorded by Mrs. Humes in the 1970s, after the first publication of A Chickasaw Dictionary.
Joshua D. Hinson
Jesse and Vinnie May Humes
Follow the lives of Montford T. Johnson’s family and friends through a span of fifty years. Witness the work, ranch parties, cattle rustling, gun fights, tornadoes, encroachment of white settlers, the run of 1889, and the rise, fall, and revival of the mighty Chickasaw Nation. Written by Neil R. Johnson and edited by C. Neil Kingsley. (Paperback)
The third volume of this series presents stories of cultural and historic preservation efforts, and profiles notable Chickasaw personalities of the twentieth century, essays on topics such as the significance of the 1729 Natchez uprising and Chief Piomingo’s famous meeting with George Washington on July 11, 1794.
The final volume in this series, Chikasha Stories Volume Three: Shared Wisdom, features stories that show the admiration ancient Chickasaw people had for animals and their wisdom. It explores ancient Chickasaw culture, and for the first time in the Chikasha Stories series humans speak, sharing their beliefs about Aba’ Binni’li, the creator of all things.Author:
The first published dictionary of the Chickasaw language, A Chickasaw Dictionary has served as an important reference guide over the years. Compiled at the behest of former Chickasaw governor Overton James, the dictionary took Vinnie May Humes and her husband, Reverend Jesse Humes, two and a half years to complete. Tragically, Jesse Humes died in 1966, just as the first draft was completed. Mrs. Humes finished the work herself, in honor of her husband.Authors:
Jesse and Vinnie May Humes
The second cookbook published by the Press, ilittibaaimpa’: Let’s Eat Together! A Chickasaw Cookbook brings together recipes, reminiscences, and heaping helpings of slices of life from the kitchens of five modern Chickasaw Nation families as they share their favorite dishes for those special times when they gather to enjoy good food and good times together.
Rebecca Hatcher Travis bases the poems in this exquisite collection on memories of her Chickasaw family and the Oklahoma landscapes that surrounded her as a child. Her poems also serve as testimonies to the ancestors who have passed on to the next life. Picked Apart the Bones won the 2006 First Book Award for Poetry from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.Author:
Rebecca Hatcher Travis
More than two hundred years ago, Chickasaws confronted the unrelenting whirlwind of intrigue, treachery, and uncertainty that surrounded the American Revolution. The Spanish, the British, and the colonies that would become the fledgling United States either courted the Chickasaws’ favor or plotted against them. The times called for leaders who could find the most certain path toward the Chickasaws’ survival and the preservation of their sovereignty. Out of those times, from the ranks of Chickasaw warriors, came Piominko, who rose to a position of leadership, recognition, and trust achieved by few others during that pivotal period in history.In 1794, Piominko met with President George Washington in Philadelphia, an event set down in history’s record by future President John Quincy Adams. Their conclave helped forge the relationship between the Chickasaw Nation and the US government that has lasted since and has been an important ingredient in the persistence and renaissance of the Chickasaws as a sovereign people and culture. Piominko: Chickasaw Leader tells the story of a Native American leader whose unwavering dedication in the face of monumental challenges proved crucial to the survival of two nations—his and the United States.Authors:
The biography of rodeo and entertainment producer Ken Lance and the beginning of his sports arena. Lance made an indelible impact on the lives of some of country music’s most successful entertainers. This in-depth look at his life and career gives the reader a birds-eye-view of how he achieved his own success. (Paperback)Authors:
Ruth Lance Wester
This epic novel chronicles the lives of three generations of a brawling pioneer family as they struggle to save themselves and the Chickasaw Nation from annihilation. (Hardcover)Authors:
Bill and Cindy Paul
The definitive biography of one of history’s most famous Chickasaws, Te Ata Thompson Fisher, is reintroduced by Chickasaw Press as a collector’s edition in hardcover, featuring additional photos, many previously unpublished, from Te Ata’s private family collection.Author:
In 1987, Te Ata (1895-1995) became the first person officially declared an “Oklahoma Treasure.” Her performances of American Indian folklore enchanted European royalty, Americans of all ages, and Native populations from Canada to Peru. Richard Green’s biography is based on extensive research of the artist’s personal papers, memorabilia, and letters and photographs exchanged between Te Ata and her husband, Clyde Fisher.Author:
Against a historical background, Arrell M. Gibson relates the story of the Chickasaws from their first recorded contacts with Europeans in the lower Mississippi Valley in 1540 to final dissolution of the Chickasaw Nation in 1906. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press. (Paperback)Author:
Arrell M. Gibson
This Native American fiction is set against a backdrop of Indian Territory in the late 1890’s. The captivating story of Tishomingo centers on the people of the Chickasaw Nation, their way of life, and assimilation before Oklahoma statehood.Author:
Mary Ruth Hughes
Designed for children ages five to twelve, the Chickasaw Journeys Activity Book uses a variety of engaging activities to introduce Chickasaw history, language, and culture. Some activities can be completed from home, while others require children to visit historical and cultural sites within the Chickasaw Nation. Children have the opportunity to earn trade beads during their on-site visits and are granted membership to the Ofi’ Tohbi Club, which includes a club patch and coin, upon completion of the book.Author:
White Dog Press
Volume Two features profiles of thirty-six tribal members, including an Olympic gold medalist, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, a Chickasaw Nation attorney general who rode with notorious outlaw Billy the Kid, and three Chickasaw governors who played crucial roles in the twentieth-century revitalization of the tribe.Author:
Volume Four rounds out the collection by presenting a mosaic of twenty-six essays covering a diverse range of topics, including eighteenth-century Chickasaw culture, a Chickasaw’s struggle with the aftermath of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building, and the tribe’s part in the construction of the Washington Monument.Author:
Chickasaw Removal discovers and adds authoritative detail to a dark and defining moment in American and Native history. Amanda L. Paige, Fuller L. Bumpers, and Daniel F. Littlefield Jr. highlight the character of the Chickasaw people and investigate frauds that plundered their wealth during the Removal period.Authors:
Fuller L. Bumpers
Daniel F. Littlefield Jr.
Amanda L. Paige
Galvan and Barbour team up once again to bring to life five traditional Chickasaw stories drawn from the voices of Chickasaw elders and historical records.Author:
The Chickasaw Collection at the National Museum of the American Indian presents the stunning collection of Chickasaw artifacts held by the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., bringing each item to life with brilliant, full-color images and commentary by Joshua D. Hinson, director of the Chickasaw Nation’s language revitalization program. An experienced researcher in Chickasaw language, history, and material culture, Hinson uses his unique expertise to explain the history of the objects in the collection, revealing the significance of each in Chickasaw daily life, both past and present.Author:
Joshua D. Hinson
Recipes, reminiscences and lessons in Chickasaw life are the main ingredients for ilimpa’chi’ (We’re Gonna Eat!): A Chickasaw Cookbook, the first cookbook produced by the Chickasaw Press. Chickasaw cooks JoAnn Ellis and Vicki Penner selected recipes and illuminated them with glimpses and scenes from growing up around kitchens and outdoor cooking fires. ilimpa’chi’ also features a glossary of Chickasaw terms and phrases taken from traditions of food and family.Authors:
Astronaut John Herrington shares his passion for space travel and his Chickasaw heritage as he gives children a glimpse into his astronaut training at NASA and his mission to the International Space Station. Learn what it takes to train for space flight, see the tasks he completed in space, and join him on his spacewalk 220 miles above the earth. This unique children’s book is illustrated with photos from Herrington’s training and space travel and includes an English-to-Chickasaw vocabulary list with space-related terms.Author:
Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen and his wife, Martha Larsen, again team up to offer perspectives on the varied lives of twenty-three tribal elders whose lives encompass a broad sweep of experience. Proud to Be Chickasaw presents Mike Larsen’s expressive paintings, each accompanied by a biographical piece written by author and artist Jeannie Barbour, which together capture the spirit of the elders, the most revered members of Chickasaw and American Indian society.Authors:
Mike and Martha Larsen
Morgan profiles the lives of three nineteenth-century Chickasaw governors—Cyrus Harris, Winchester Colbert, and William L. Byrd. Revealing the three leaders not merely as historic politicians, but as human beings, Morgan portrays their personal and political lives against literary backdrops relating directly to their experiences—Cyrus Harris with his northern Mississippi neighbors, the Faulkners; Civil War governor Winchester Colbert with Native American literature about war; and William L. Byrd with his great-grandniece Jodi A. Byrd’s twenty-first-century indigenous critiques of colonialism.Author:
Phillip Carroll Morgan
Holding the distinction of the first book ever published by Chickasaw Press, Chickasaw Unconquered and Unconquerable traces Chickasaw history from our ancient homelands in the Southeast to the thriving nation we are today, exemplifying why the Chickasaw people have proven we are one of the most resilient cultures in American history. Vivid images by award-winning photographer David Fitzgerald and insightful essays by Chickasaw writers Jeannie Barbour, Amanda Cobb-Greetham and Linda Hogan highlight this incredible story.Authors:
Researched and written by Phillip Carroll Morgan, with an introduction by Judy Goforth Parker, Dynamic Chickasaw Women presents the lives of women who had an impact on Chickasaw history during the periods of removal from the homelands, difficulties in Indian Territory, and the tumult of Oklahoma’s early statehood days. Some of the women are widely known and celebrated among members of the Chickasaw Nation today, while the stories of some provide surprising revelations.Authors:
Phillip Carroll Morgan
Judy Goforth Parker
The Chickasaw Lives series contains a unique collection of articles and essays which reveal the colorful spectrum of Chickasaw history and culture as seen through the eyes of the Chickasaw Nation’s tribal historian, Richard Green. Volume One traces the story of the Chickasaws through a series of challenges from prehistory to the modern era. Topics include the Chickasaw’s epic triumph against Hernando de Soto, European colonial manipulations and wars, removal to Indian Territory, the land-allotment period, and the Chickasaw Nation’s revitalization during the twentieth century.Author:
In 1995 Pearl Carter Scott was inducted into both the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame and the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame for her feats as the United States’ youngest pilot.
A native of Marlow, Oklahoma, Pearl completed her first solo flight at the age of thirteen, after learning to fly from famed aviator Wiley Post. She continued to work as a stunt pilot until eighteen, when she retired to focus on her family.
This new collector’s edition of the biography Never Give Up! The Life of Pearl Carter Scott offers readers additional photos and memorabilia from the Chickasaw aviatrix, highlighting her love of family, friends, and her Native American heritage. The comprehensive biography follows Pearl from early childhood to her piloting days, through the hard times of the Great Depression, and into her later years as a Chickasaw legislator and Hall of Fame inductee.
Paul F. Lambert