The Five Civilized Tribes

The Mom Person and the Big Guy With the Treats and Tennis Balls (he would prefer that I call him the Dad Person or something, but to me he’s always treats and tennis balls!) went on another road trip. And again it was No Dogs Allowed. Biiiiiggg sigh —-. They travelled up to the Ozarks in Missouri and we got a postcard –


That’s just not right. Tell us about that wonderful stuff and then “I wish you were here”!!?? Just not right.

They did bring back a fun book though and I’m going to tell you about that. On their drive to Missouri they travelled through Oklahoma. Indian Territory of the Five Civilized Tribes. These are the Cherokee, the Chickasaw, the Choctaw, the Creeks, and the Seminoles. They lived in the Southeastern US. But in 1830 President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which forced these tribes to move west of the Mississippi River to designated Indian Territories that eventually became the state of Oklahoma. Their journey has become known as the Trail of Tears. (I am quite the history hound!)

The book that I now have is a Chickasaw story called Nittak Hollo Nakfish! or It’s Saturday! The story is written by Laura Marshall Clark, translated by JoAnn Ellis and illustrated by Joshua D. Hinson. It was published by the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities in 2009. The Mom Person got this book at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma.


This is the story of Talhoffi, a young Chickasaw bunny who has grown big enough to be able to walk to his cousins’ house through the big woods all by himself. It is Saturday. The day for this big adventure. His dog, Mokie, goes with him. They are best friends! I like stories with a best friend dog! While walking through the woods, Talhoffi thinks of the stories that his father and grandfather and the elders have told him about the woods and nature. These stories help him to feel brave like a warrior and he and Mokie arrive safely and happily at the cousins’ house.


The fun thing about this book is that it has the Chickasaw translation right along with the English translation. And a glossary in the back of the book. So you can learn some Chickasaw while reading the story!

To learn more about the Chickasaw Nation check out their website.

9 thoughts on “The Five Civilized Tribes

  1. Poor Rhythm. Often wonder what my dogs thinks when I leave him with a friend. You were in a big Native American Area. The Trail of Tears runs through Tahlequah, not far away. Have spent many years in that area. Love Indian legends. Like your book choice and the accompanying Chickasaw translation.

    • Yes, it is sad to be left behind. But there is sure much JOY when they return!!! Thanks for your nice comments. It is a fun book. And so much history. I would like to know more about those Native Americans.

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