Jenny L. Davis's new book, Talking Indian: Identity and Language Revitalization in the Chickasaw Renaissance, published by University of Arizona Press



In south-central Oklahoma and much of “Indian Country,” using an Indigenous language is colloquially referred to as “talking Indian.” Among older Chickasaw community members, the phrase is used more often than the name of the specific language, Chikashshanompa’ or Chickasaw. As author Jenny L. Davis explains in Talking Indian, this colloquialism reflects the strong connections between languages and both individual and communal identities ...