In order to ensure authenticity in our understanding of the roots of Joe's culture, we are partnering with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma's approved Choctaw School. Choctaw speaker, Henry Battiest Jr., has helped us write a brand new Choctaw lullaby for INDIAN JOE a musical. The Choctaw School is also providing translation and pronunciation counsel.
It's important to note that Joe was not familiar with his Native culture. He was removed from any involvement with it; still, he never let anyone forget that it was a huge part of his identity. The small fragments of Choctaw throughout the show are reflective of his fragmented understanding of Choctaw life. It is not reflective of our desire to fully honor the Choctaw presence in America today through this show.
*This is not an authorized website of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.*