Erin you can find this information in a book
called “English to Choctaw Dictionary” that
was published by the OK City Council of Choctaws, 7th Edition in 1981.
You may be able to order or get it from the Choctaw Bookstore.
You can also call VIP Publishing at
(800) 776-0842 (hope this still works, too)
I do know that the Choctaw word “haloka” means
“beloved” or “loved one”.
try this website (hope it still works!)
or just go to http://www.tc.umn.edu/
This is the University of Minnesota Website and
this information was published in 1998 by
Sometimes words can be slightly changed over time.
For example, when doing my compilation of
Choctaw words for my family I discovered this with the help of a Choctaw Elder when I ran into a word at Florida State Univesity that was
definitely Choctaw….“Appaloosa” which means
“black spotted rear end” The Appaloosa is the
horse that is often used at the Florida State
obala-butt (rear end) comes from “hopalah” as
listed in the Cyrus Byington Choctaw Language
Dictionary according to the elder I spoke with
The above information is provided by:
“Choctaw Language Dictionary”
Cyrus Byington, Edited by John Swanton, April 1909
“Introduction to Choctaw” Charley Jones and
VIP Publishing Inc., 1991 Fayetteville, Arkansas