2020 Chickasaw Hall of Fame Postponed

To continue to protect our Chickasaw citizens, families and staff in this time of an unprecedented health crisis, the 2020 Chickasaw Hall of Fame event scheduled for June 11 has been postponed. A ceremony for 2020 inductees will be planned at a later date. Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Irene L. Digby
1921 -

Irene L. Digby was born Nov. 12, 1921, in Fairview, Okla. She graduated from Davis (Okla.) High School.

Ms. Digby is described as “small in size, but mighty in her Chickasaw heritage.” Ms. Digby is a distinguished Chickasaw storyteller and teacher of the Chickasaw language.

Ms. Digby exhibits traits which cannot be obtained by a certificate of degree. Her expertise and experience with traditional Chickasaw ways far outweigh anything a higher education facility could offer.

Ms. Digby actively performs her storytelling in local schools, teaching children Chickasaw heritage through her tales. She was honored in 2013 by Davis (Okla.) Public Schools for her charitable contributions by being inducted into the Davis Alumni Association.

Ms. Digby shares her heritage in a multitude of ways. She teaches Chickasaw language and songs, beading and traditional recipes.

She has been featured in three books published by the Chickasaw Press, as well as Mike Larsen’s acclaimed painting series, Elders of the Chickasaw Nation, and the documentary “Chickasaw Removal.”

Although she is a fluent Chickasaw speaker, Ms. Digby can regularly be seen at Chickasaw language classes.

As a sign of respect in her community, she is often asked by parents to provide Chickasaw names for children, a tradition she established with her own family. She and her late husband, B.F. “Dick” Digby, have four children, 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Ms. Digby is a soft-spoken woman who speaks loudly of her Chickasaw heritage. She is a wise, spiritual, honorable and prominent Chickasaw example to all who have had the privilege of knowing her.

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