Choctaw Genesis, 1500-1700 by Patricia Kay GallowayChoctaw Genesis, 1500-1700 by Patricia Kay Galloway

Choctaw Genesis, 1500-1700

byPatricia Kay Galloway

Paperback | February 1, 1998

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Today the Choctaws are remembered as one of the Five Civilized Tribes, removed to Oklahoma in the early nineteenth century; a large band remains in Mississippi, quietly and effectively refusing to be assimilated. The Choctaws are a Muskogean people, in historical times residing in southern Mississippi and Alabama; they were agriculturalists as well as hunters, and a force to be reckoned with in the eighteenth century.
 
Patricia Galloway, armed with evidence from a variety of disciplines, counters the commonly held belief that these same people had long exercised power in the region. She argues that the turmoil set in motion by European exploration led to realignments and regroupings, and ultimately to the formation of a powerful new Indian nation.
 
Through a close examination of the physical evidence and historical sources, the author provides an ethnohistorical account of the proto-Choctaw and Choctaw peoples from the eve of contact with Euro-Americans through the following two centuries. Starting with the basic archaeological evidence and the written records of early Spanish and English visitors, Galloway traces the likely origin of the Choctaw people, their movements and interactions with other native groups in the South, and Choctaw response to these contacts. She thereby creates the first careful and complete history of the tribe in the early modern period. This rich and detailed work will not only provides much new information on the Choctaws but illuminates the entire field of colonial-era southeastern history and will provide a model for ethnographic studies.
Patricia Galloway is Special Projects Officer, Mississippi Department of Archives and History. She is the editor of The Southeastern Ceremonial Complex: Artifacts and Analysis (Nebraska 1989) and The Hernando de Soto Expedition: History, Historiography, and “Discovery” in the Southeast (Nebraska 1997).
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Title:Choctaw Genesis, 1500-1700Format:PaperbackDimensions:413 pages, 10.01 × 7.03 × 0.85 inPublished:February 1, 1998Publisher:UNP - Nebraska Paperback

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ISBN - 10:0803270704

ISBN - 13:9780803270701

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"A remarkable synthesis of history, anthropology, and cartography". -- Choice. "A significant addition to a rich and growing bibliography of southeastern Indians in general and the Choctaws in particular ... Galloway shows the finest instincts of a careful researcher ... and she offers a volume that is readable, enjoyable, even engrossing, and defensible". -- Journal of American History. "Galloway's command of the sources is convincing, her scholarship is sound". -- Western Historical Quarterly. "The arguments Galloway develops -- many of them provocative and some controversial -- will undoubtedly act as a catalyst to involve others in the study of this fascinating era". -- Mississippi Archeology.Starting with the basic archaeological evidence and the written records of early Spanish and English visitors, Patricia Galloway traces the likely origin of the Choctaw people, their movements and interactions with other native groups in the South, and their response to Euro-American contacts. She thereby creates the first careful and complete history of the tribe in t