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Oka Falalla

Main Piece:  Informant: The Choctaw of old tell the story of Oka Famalla, “the returning waters.” This story has been told among the Choctaw for as long as we know. Interviewer: What is the “returning waters?” Informant: Long ago, the Choctaw began to be influenced in a bad way by other people. And they began… Continue Reading »

Stick Ball

Main Piece:  Informant: One of the games our Choctaw people play is called “ishtaboli,” also known as stickball. While it is a game, the name is roughly translated into “little brother of war” because we would often play this game between tribal communities to settle disputes. Interviewer: What was the game like: Informant: It is… Continue Reading »

Names

Main Piece: Interviewer: Can you tell me how your children get their names? Informant: Yes. Traditionally, in our Native ways, someone may change their name 2-4 times throughout the course of their life. Interviewer: You mean they would get nicknames? Informant: No, they would change their names. When they are born they may be given… Continue Reading »

Choctaw Freedman Anti-California Song

Informant: When my grandma moved from the reservation in Oklahoma—the one where, like, you know, they were forced to go after the Trail of Tears and stuff—to California, people were mean to her and her family. And the other Choctaw Freeman. So they’d sing this little song, like: “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven,… Continue Reading »