Caveat: Anumpa Tosholi

In the morning, Arthur and I took a walk down the road.

Only a half-a-mile down the road, there is the Choctaw Nation Capitol and Museum. This is Native American country, and Dean and Pam’s farm is nestled up against the reservation land.

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The museum was pretty good. There were historical exhibits on the genocide, called the “removal” and commonly called the “trail of tears.” Then a lot about the life since settlement in Oklahoma. I most enjoyed the contemporary artworks by tribal members.

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In the museum shop, I made the mistake of looking at the books on sale. There were Choctaw language dictionaries. As many know, I have a weakness for dictionaries, especially in languages I don’t know and probably will never learn.

I bought dictionaries.

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Arthur was bemused, as he is anytime he directly encounters my odd book-owning habit.

“Anumpa Tosholi” is in the Chahta (Choctaw) language, and means “word translator” which is the expression they use for “dictionary.”

Later in the day I got to “help” Dean feed some hay to his cows. Really mostly I was standing around.

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[daily log: walking, 3km]