Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Editor's Note

Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

In this issue of The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture, readers will discover the strength and importance of memory Each article and poem that follows are celebrations as well as discoveries, for individuals and collectively as Chickasaws, that attest to the significance of remembering the past, and conversely the consequence of not remembering. Most important, identity is the chief product of memory We gain a real understanding of who we are as a person and as a people only through examining our past, a process of discovery to be sure. Consider the ensuing stories as a means to building up our memory. Indeed, the essence of a nation is that all citizens forming that nation have much in common in terms of legacy and memory. I hope this Journal issue will help develop further that common heritage, that we find in it the memory that defines being Chickasaw.

In the article on Chickasaw Veterans of World War II, I explore the experiences of tribal members who served at home and abroad during the war. Derived from oral interviews of Chickasaw veterans conducted by the tribe during a visit to Washington, D. C, a well spring of reflections and emotions and variegated experiences became the foundation of the article. From what seemed a jumble of unconnected stories emerged a greater story of the Chickasaw experience during the war, and that was also in step with most of American society at that time. …

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