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Jeff sits down with Lokosh (Joshua Hinson) to hear about his life journey, about his work in Chickasaw language revitalization, about his artwork, and about how he integrates all of these aspects of himself.
He speaks very compellingly about why the work of Native language revitalization is so important and urgent, and he also shares about the importance of community and how the Chickasaw nation is working so diligently to assure every citizen's well-being during the pandemic.
Lokosh (Joshua D. Hinson) is of Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee, and Euro-American ancestry and is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. A conversational speaker of the Chickasaw language and an award-winning artist, he holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Abilene Christian University, a master’s degree in Native American Art History from the University of New Mexico, and a PhD in Native Language Revitalization from the University of Oklahoma.
He makes art on the Chickasaw Nation Reservation, Ada, Oklahoma.
Hinson, whose Chickasaw name Lokosh translates as “Gourd,” is of the Imatapo (Their Lean-to People) house group and Kowishto' (Panther) clan.