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NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGES
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First Choctaw New
N.T. Choctaw. Wright-Byington. 1848. The New Testament
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, translated into the Choctaw language.
Pin chitokaka pi okchalinchi Chisus Klaist in Testament Himona, chahta anumpta
atoshowa hoke. New York: American Bible Society, 1848. 12mo (18.1 cm, 7.1").
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First edition of the first complete New Testament in Choctaw. Variously given as Chahta, Chactas, Chato, Tchakta, Chocktaw, or Chactaw, Choctaw is a language of the Muskogean family, spoken by Native Americans who originally lived in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana before being relocated to Oklahoma. This translation was done by two Presbyterian missionaries, the Revs. Alfred Wright and Cyrus Byington; the Book of a Thousand Tongues says that they were “substantially assisted by Joseph Dukes and W.H. McKinney, educated Choctaws.”
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The Rev. Wright (1788–1853) spent over 30 years among the Choctaw people in Mississippi and Oklahoma. He founded the Wheelock Mission (named in honor of either Eleazer Wheelock, Dartmouth College's first president, or his son John, his successor as Dartmouth's president or possibly both) in 1832, where he was directly involved in developing the Choctaw written language, along with Byington and Dukes.
Darlow & Moule 3051; Newberry Library, Ayer Indians, Choctaw-9; North & Nida, Book of a Thousand Tongues (1972), 265; Pilling, Muskhogean, 101; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 2744. Not in Field; not in Sabin. Period-style half morocco and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and date. First and last pages slightly smudged, text otherwise clean; a few scattered signatures unopened. A handsome copy of an uncommon and significant New Testament. (29504)
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