Thanks to instructors like Don Tiger, the Muscogee (Mvskoke) language lives on.
Don Tiger teaches Muscogee (Mvskoke) language classes Monday nights at the Tulsa Creek Indian Community Center.
Thanks to instructors like Don Tiger, the Muscogee (Mvskoke) language lives on. Tiger is an instructor in the Mvskoke language program offered at the Tulsa Creek Indian Community Center at 8611 S. Union Ave.
The weekly classes involve more than just learning vocabulary and verbs. “It’s important to know the history and the background of the tribe in order to better understand the language,” Tiger explains.
Students — age 14 to senior citizens — are Creek and “have an interest in learning more about the tribe’s culture. They have a strong desire for the culture to continue,” says Tiger, who also is a minister.
Tiger’s mother, Jeanette Yargee Tiger, also taught and promoted the Mvskoke language and helped other tribal members further their education.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, fewer than 5,000 people in the country speak Mvskoke; approximately 3,100 live in Oklahoma.
Classes are two hours long on Monday nights for eight weeks. Creeks can attend for free. Non-Creeks can participate for $10 per month. For more information, call 918-298-2464.