Chickasaw Press shares 15 years of Chickasaw history, language and culture | Community
Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby understood that the history of his people had been written for centuries almost exclusively by non-Chikasaw writers. He saw the need for a viable way to share what Chickasaw writers and scholars knew about Chickasaw history and culture. In 2006, Governor Anoatubby created the Chickasaw Press to tell the stories of the Chickasaw people with their own voice.
During the Chickasaw 2021 Virtual Annual Reunion and Festival, a video previewed exploring 15 years of the Chickasaw Press. To learn more about Chickasaw Press, watch the video at Annual Meeting.Chickasaw.net.
Chickasaw Press researches, writes, edits, designs, promotes and markets stories that use graphics and photographs from Chickasaw’s perspective in electronic media, books and magazines.
The goal of Chickasaw Press is to “preserve, perpetuate and share the history and culture of Chickasaw”. This is done by generating and publishing research and scholarships on Chickasaw history and culture, making information accessible to the Chickasaw people.
Chickasaw Press is the only fully-staffed, operating, leading US book and media publisher in the United States with regular production capacity and releases. It continues to grow as a publishing and media business.
In 2013, the addition of White Dog Press gave Chickasaw writers an outlet for fiction, like “Anompolichi: Wordmaster”, poems like “Picked Apart the Bones”, “Constant Fires” and other creative works, including memoirs, cookbooks and children’s literature.
Over the past 15 years, Chickasaw Press has published over 60 book titles, many under the White Dog Press brand. La Presse also produces digital material such as e-books and applications for smartphones and tablets.
This year, Chickasaw Press released five new titles. Among them are the third and fourth novels of White Dog Press. “Little Bird” and “88 Straight” are each drawn from stories about Chickasaws and their lives over time.
The press also continues “Listening to Our Elders,” the portrait series featuring paintings by renowned Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen. In partnership with the Chickasaw Press, the Chickasaw Historical Society presents an abridged version of “The Indian Way: Chickasaws,” a historically significant account of the lives and attitudes of our Chickasaw people nearly 50 years ago.
“Funny Fani,” another White Dog Press book for young readers, includes facts about a variety of animals while teaching the Chickasaw language.