What is Wakaya?

A study examining how cultural outdoor activities best improve health for Choctaw youth living within the districts.

9 months of activities

  • 10 weeks weekly group sessions, twice per week
  • 6 monthly follow ups

Activities include:

  • Traditional activities – trail running/hiking, stickball, atlatl throwing, storytelling, basketry, gardening, fishing, etc.
  • Outdoor Olympiad and community feast
  • Culture and Trail of Tears overnight camps
  • Create a digital story and community event.

What can I learn?

Learn about the following:

  • Land and health
  • Choctaw games and activities
  • Fitbit tracking of physical activity
  • Healthy, traditional foods and plants
  • Living a healthy life as a Choctaw

Gain important life skills to: 

  • Handle stress and emotions
  • Make healthy decisions to stay well
  • Stay calm and relate well to others
  • Develop a Choctaw peer network

Gain leadership skills: 

  • Design and develop a community service project
  • Learn to lead as a Choctaw youth
  • Model and share about Choctaw health and making good decisions

Who can enroll?

Are You:

  • An enrolled Choctaw Tribal Member?
  • In middle school or high school (12-19 years old)?
  • Reside in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Interested in getting active outdoors
  • Willing to commit to learning, growth and to participate actively.

Contact us to see if you qualify for Wakaya – an outdoor program that seeks to learn how we can best become healthy Choctaws.

In Wakaya, you will:

  • Get physically active, eating healthy, and making wise choices.
  • Care and be cared for by the earth/lands.
  • Learn to lead your community to health!

What do I receive?

Get up to $345 in gift cards:

  • Surveys
  • Intervention Meetings
  • Group Meetings
  • Culture Camp
  • Trail of Tears and Ancient Sites camp

Fitbit (or other exercise tracker): 

  • Wear Fitbit provided by study team to measure steps

Pair of Running Shoes