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Walking the Choctaw Road: Stories from the Heart and Memory of the People

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Oklahoma, or "Okla Homma," is a Choctaw word meaning "Red People." In this collection, acclaimed storyteller Tim Tingle tells the stories of his people, the Choctaw People, the Okla Homma. For years, Tim has collected stories of the old folks, weaving traditional lore with stories from everyday life. Walking the Choctaw Road is a mixture of myth stories, historical account ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Cinco Puntos Press
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Bruce
Apr 15, 2015 Bruce rated it it was amazing
This book comes in two editions, an audiobook on four compact discs (0938317822) and a 142-page print version (0938317741). The print version has a glossary of Choctaw words, lyrics for two hymns in Choctaw, a short bibliography, photographic illustrations, and some introductory material not included in the audio. The audio, however, has the voice, intonation, accent, and timing of a master storyteller. The print version is a handsome book, but compared to the audio it’s like reading a play of S ...more
Bruce
Apr 15, 2015 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book comes in two editions, an audiobook on four compact discs (0938317822) and a 142-page print version (0938317741). The print version has a glossary of Choctaw words, lyrics for two hymns in Choctaw, a short bibliography, photographic illustrations, and some introductory material not included in the audio. The audio, however, has the voice, intonation, accent, and timing of a master storyteller. The print version is a handsome book, but compared to the audio it’s like reading a play of S ...more
Dayla
"We are clay people. We are a people of miracles."

These are all my relatives, I think:

Tony Byars
Estelline Tubby
Charlie Jones
Archie Mingo
chief Greg Pyle
Naniay Wahah
Governor Thompson McKinney 1886-1887
Choctaw Willie Billy
Martha Tom
Jimmy Ben
Tom Bigbee
John Carnes
John Goode
Minnie Ochetama Goode
archie Tingle
Dr. Dy Cashion
Major Robert Neighbors (1815)
Willie Frazier
Billy Hotabee
Joseph Hotabee (blonde Indian)
Paul Cross
tony Byars Austin "Jones Academy of Texas"
chukfi = rabbit
It was tashimbo talk (crazy) t
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Margaret Mcmanis
Jul 16, 2008 Margaret Mcmanis rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Margaret by: Lee Byrd of Cinco Punos Press
Walking the Choctow Road makes you laugh and cry . Its collection of stories takes you on a spirit quest of the best kind through the world of the Choctaw as seen through the eyes of one of the most gifted of Native American storytellers, Tim Tingle. Favorites of the collection include:
The Trail of Tears, Tony Byars, and Crossing Bok Chitto but you must read them all. Tim is a national treasure and if you check out his website you will see why. He has told stories at the Smithsonian Museum, Geor
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T. Denise
Feb 09, 2009 T. Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: native-american
From what I have read so far, this is a good book. It is composed of several short stories that chronicle stories of the Choctaw people. In the "Crossing of Bok Chitto", Tingle describes an encounter between the Choctaw people and runaway slaves who are assisted by a path of stones built originally by the Choctaw.

This story is particulary important as the relationship bewteen African-American slaves and Native Americans is not often discussed. I certainly learned more about inherent distrust fo
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LindaN
Jul 18, 2014 LindaN rated it it was amazing
The author, a Choctaw storyteller, tells the story of the Choctaw people through tales of everyday life and remembered historical events. Stories include one of slaves escaping to Indian land on a path across a big river, one of a young boy's memories of the Trail of Tears, one of a family taking in an abandoned infant, and many others. The reader learns of the people's strong family devotion, respect for nature, and respect for the departed. The book concludes with the author's memories of his ...more
Ady Grafovna
Jul 20, 2015 Ady Grafovna rated it really liked it
I listened to the short stories told by storyteller Tim Tingle on audiobook. He is a master storyteller and recounts the tales of his people, the Choctaw people, with skill and talent. Some stories can make you laugh. Others will cause you to cry. This treasure of short stories is a wonderful account of a culture and people that I feel expanded my mind and softened my heart. I would not have found this book if it were not for the Read Harder challenge, and this book made the challenge worth it t ...more
Terri
Apr 06, 2008 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tim Tingle is a master storyteller, and this excellent audio CD of his short story collection is proof of that. The stories vary in tone and subject, but all are well told as Tingle uses his voice, Indian flute, and drum to draw the listener into the tale. Some of the stories are memoirs from Tingle's life or the lives of acquaintances while others are reminiscent of folk tales, but all are Tingle's creation. Listening to this fine audio disk is the next best thing to sitting in a live storytell ...more
Renny
Nov 16, 2015 Renny rated it it was amazing
I am grateful as I experienced the stories in the book while watching a PBS special at the same time: WHERE GOD LIKES TO BE (A documentary about three young members of the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana who, over the course of one summer, face turning points in their lives. Edward wants a job, but hasn't received any offers, so he marks time playing metal music with his band; Andi is leaving home to attend college, but feels lonely and out of place once on campus; and Doug). It was like stepping int ...more
Kyle McCreary


I have not laughed and cried from the same book in a long, long time. Tim Tingle's stories of the Choctaw people are a wonderful mix of dreadful and delightful, thought-provoking and invigorating. I listened to the book on CD narrated by the author himself. I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed the drive to work quite so much. I am so glad I stumbled upon this book at the library, and I expect I will soon purchase a copy of my own. Walking the Choctaw Road is a hidden treasure that everyone
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Steve
Jun 11, 2010 Steve rated it liked it
I listened to the audiobook. I wish I could give this book two different ratings - one for how well done it was (5 stars- Tim Tingle's talent is really quite remarkable) and one for how I felt about it personally (3 stars - didn't change my life or anything, but it was a fine thing to listen to, and quite enjoyable).
Lily
Dec 30, 2009 Lily rated it it was amazing
I loved Tim Tingle's collection of stories about the Red People and his works make me want to hear more about the hardships, culture and daily life of these great people. Tingle touches on the injustices and cruelty done to the Choctaw (and other tribes) by white settlers and the US government, but he does it gently, weaving it into the story, without bitterness or blame.
Darlis
Feb 06, 2011 Darlis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This cd is amazing! The author is a storyteller, not just a reader. The author/storyteller speaks with the patois of the Choctaw so the stories seem even truer. The stories are incredibly touching. This is definitely one to listen to.
Jennifer
Jan 03, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
LOVE IT! The stories are a great insite to Native history as well as spirituality. If you don't read this book, you might be a racist!
Stephanie
Jul 03, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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Tingle is going to the elders and capturing their oral history before they pass. These are not memoirs. They are a history of our culture by its first inhabitants.
Chacha (Vanessa) Centeno
If you like this book, you must listen to the audiobook. Read by Tim Tingle, listeners not only hear stories, they hear Choctaw chants and songs.
Stephanie
Oct 26, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I love Tim Tingle as a storyteller and his stories in a book are no different. I loved learning about the Choctaw people and some of the things they went through. Great read!
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Tim Tingle, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is a popular presenter at storytelling and folklore festivals across America. He was featured at the 2002 National Storytelling Festival. In 2004, he was a Teller-In-Residence at The International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, Tennessee. Choctaw Chief Gregory Pyle has requested a story by Tingle previous to his Annual State of the Nation ...more
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