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Chahta Chukka

(House of Choctaws)

The Choctaw Spelling Book

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CHAHTA HOLISSO
AI ISHT IA ƲMMONA

THE CHOCTAW SPELLING BOOK.

FIFTH EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED.

BOSTON: PRESS OF T.R. MARVIN. 1849.

Transcribed from the original by D. Rolling Kearney, Jan. 2012.

What is this?

Like many Native American tribes, the Choctaw did not have a written language as late as the 1800's. A Christian missionary named Cyrus Byington spent 50 years among the Choctaw, learning the language, recording it in a dictionary that is still used today, and developing a written language. This book was used to teach the Choctaw to read and write their own language. The spelling and strange numbering of sections are as they appear in the original.

This book is currently available in paperback form directly from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and you can get it here.

How can I use this book to learn Choctaw?

Currently, you can cross-reference the contents with the Choctaw Dictionary to help you learn to both read and spell in Choctaw. (You can peruse it online at OpenLibrary.org, or buy a copy here.)

In the future, the words on this website will be hyperlinks to the entries in the online dictionary I am creating, so you will click on them and they will take you right to the definition, which will also have examples of use, and direct links to those words in the Choctaw Bible!

We also plan to create a teacher's guide to help in using this book.