Currently, the Chickasaw Nation is working toward the revitalization of its language—Chikashshanompa’—which is classified as a severely endangered Indigenous language. Successful language revitalization requires the dedication of all generations within a community. As such, it is important to understand what motivates different generations of Chickasaw citizens who are currently teaching and/or learning Chikashshanompa’ to participate in language revitalization work. This knowledge can aid in encouraging other citizens to support language renewal initiatives. Based on interviews with Chickasaw citizens who are active in Chikashshanompa’ revitalization projects and represent different generations within the Chickasaw community, I identified key motivations of each generation. These motivations include the eagerness of other Chickasaws, the continuance of Chickasaw identity, the urgency of language decline, and the strengthening of Chickasaw families.
Lewis, K. A. (2011). Pomanompa’ kilanompolika̲ chokma (It is good that we speak our language): Motivations to revitalize Chikashshanompa’ (Chickasaw language) across generations [Unpublished master’s thesis]. University of California, Los Angeles.