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.
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 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.
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.