Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

HUMES Memorial Fund

Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

HUMES Memorial Fund

Article excerpt

Vinnie May "Sadie" Humes was born in Coatsworth, Indian Territory in 1903, and was an original enrolled member of the Chickasaw tribe.

Although Mrs. Humes was 70 years old before receiving her high school equivalent degree (GED) through courses offered by the Chickasaw Nation, she will forever be linked to the education of Chickasaw people for generations to come.

The Chickasaw Historical Society (CHS) Board of Directors has set up a memorial fund to honor the memory of the late Mrs. Humes. Collaborating with her husband, the Reverend Jesse Humes, Mrs. Humes compiled A Chickasaw Dictionary, printed in 1972. For her educational contributions, Mrs. Humes was inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 1991.

Mrs. Humes said in an interview, "We sat at that kitchen table, working. We had this little old Webster's Dictionary, and I would call out the English word and Jess would hand it back in Chickasaw, pronouncing it in syllables and spelling it phonetically. Our aim wasn't to get the meaning of the words so much as it was to help people who wanted to learn how to speak the language. …

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