Unique Characters to Guide You
Each walking partner has a story to tell, and with every step in AYA, you will learn more and more about them. You’ll hear a wide range of stories; stories of bravery and courage in our original Chickasaw Homeland, and tales of discovery and challenges in Indian Territory, just prior to Oklahoma statehood.
My name is Akanowa. I am the grandmother of many strong Chickasha. As an elder, I must be strong for all those who depend on me and for those who are to come after.
I am called Hikatubby. My name means, “He Stood and Killed,” and I earned it in battle. There is an invasion of men coming to our land. Their leader is called Hernando de Soto. As a tushka, I must prepare to protect my village.
Chokma! I am Solomon, a farmer. Along your walking path you will find important pieces of Chickasaw history. As your walking partner I will tell you about each one, so as we walk together, we learn together.
Mah Wah Ta
My name is Mah Wah Ta, which means “To Hunt or Find.” I am wife to Solomon, and with our two children we tend several acres of land. I gather wild plants to use as food and medicine for my people.
My name is Eliza, and I am 12 years old and live in the Indian Territory. I imagine so many possibilities for the future - for our people, for me and for our new state, Oklahoma.
I am Silas. Friends call me Si, but outlaws call me Trouble. I have plenty to say on the cattle industry, life on the wild frontier, and all the adventures of a country boy turned constable.
My name is Ollie Belle. My husband John and I were both educators but now are ranchers. The teacher is still in me, so I expect you’ll also learn a thing or two along your journey with me as your walking partner.
In 1877 I was a student at the Chickasaw National Academy in Stonewall. What I cared about most was my horse, Shobbokoli'.
My name is Talowa, which means "to sing" in Chickasaw. As a Chickasaw Lighthorse Police officer, I have a voice in the community I serve.
Emet T. Walker was the first in his family to join the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police. Read his journal and see real historical documents about Emet and his family.
Like his grandfather Emet, Benjamin “Ben” Walker was a Chickasaw Lighthorse officer who patrolled throughout the Chickasaw Nation in what was then called Indian Territory.