Interview with Russell James Willis 1973-11-04


Russell Willis describes his work in health education. He assists Choctaw individuals with little English in scheduling and attending medical appointments. He relates the history of this program and the training he attended in Tucson, Arizona. He speaks about his early life with his father, who was a sharecropper, and his decision to go to school to learn English. He discusses his opinions on Christianity and describes traditional Medicine Men who worked in the community. He tells a story his uncle told him about how before White men came to the land, there were plenty of wild animals to hunt that are now almost gone. He discusses how people must now purchase fishing licenses in order to fish. Finally, he recalls learning to drive.