Choctaw was not taught to me, but now I need it to live authentically

A black and white vintage photo of Choctaw women weaving baskets in the early to mid 20th century.

LLanguage has been on my mind a lot lately. Growing up in Oklahoma City as a Native child, I was surrounded by other Native folks and we all spoke English. I never had the opportunity to listen to or interact with fluent Choctaw speakers. My dad taught me words and…

Cheney Alvarado

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Ph.D. student focusing on Pow Wow, revolution, and global indigeneity. Novice beader, master of fry bread.

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