Choctaw New Testament
Choctaw New Testament.
The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Translated into the Choctaw language. Pin chitokaka pi okchalinchi Chisvs Klaist in testament himona, chahta anumpa atoshowa hoke.
New York: American Bible Society, 1858. (00195)
Originally residing in the region comprising present day Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana, the Choctaw people were forcibly removed to Indian Territory in the 1830s under the Indian Removal Act. Separate portions of the Bible in Choctaw were published between 1831 and 1845 and the first edition of the New Testament appeared in 1848. Prepared by Alfred Wright (1788–1853) and Cyrus Byington (1793–1868) of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, these translators received substantial assistance from native speakers Joseph Dukes (1811–1861) and W. H. McKinney (active ca. 1850–1900).