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Native American Tribes: The History and Culture of the Creek (Muskogee) [Kindle Edition]

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*Includes pictures of important people and places.
*Explains the origins, history, religion, and social structure of the Creek
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“The Muscogee was once a mighty people. The Georgians trembled at your war-whoop, and the maidens of my tribe, on the distant lakes, sung the prowess of your warriors and sighed for their embraces. Now your very blood is white; your tomahawks have no edge; your bows and arrows were buried with your fathers. Oh! Muscogees, brethren of my mother, brush from your eyelids the sleep of slavery; once more strike for vengeance; once more for your country.” – Tecumseh, 1811

From the “Trail of Tears” to Wounded Knee and Little Bighorn, the narrative of American history is incomplete without the inclusion of the Native Americans that lived on the continent before European settlers arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries. Since the first contact between natives and settlers, tribes like the Sioux, Cherokee, and Navajo have both fascinated and perplexed outsiders with their history, language, and culture. In Charles River Editors’ Native American Tribes series, readers can get caught up to speed on the history and culture of North America’s most famous native tribes in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

Though they are not as well known as tribes like the Sioux or Cherokee, the Creek are one of the oldest and most important Native American tribes in North America. With roots that tie them to the Ancient Moundbuilders, the Creek were one of the most established groups in the Southeastern United States, and came to be known as one of the Five Civilized Tribes. It’s also believed that the Creek were the first natives encountered by Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto’s historic expedition in the mid-16th century.
The Creek became known as one of the Five Civilized Tribes for quickly assimilating aspects of European culture, but in response to early European contact, the Muscogee established one of the strongest confederacies in the region. Despite becoming a dominant regional force, however, infighting brought about civil war in the early 19th century, and they were quickly wrapped up in the War of 1812 as well. By the end of that fighting, the Creek were compelled to cede millions of acres of land to the expanding United States, ushering in a new era that found the Creek occupying only a small strip of Alabama by the 1830s.

Native American Tribes: The History and Culture of the Creek comprehensively covers the culture and history of the famous group, profiling their origins, their history, and their lasting legacy. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Creek like you never have before, in no time at all.

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  • File Size: 891 KB
  • Print Length: 57 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors (August 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars AND I THOUGHT THE TRAIL OF TEARS WAS SAD August 11, 2013
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The Trail of Tears crossed the town where I now live, Hopkinsville. There's a Pow-Wow one weekend every September. The local newspaper, the Ky New Era, will retell the story of how the Cherokee (my great-grandmother's people) in North Carolina were herded like cattle, not allowed to pack a single belonging and marched to their new home in Oklahoma. They were only allowed to bury their dead every three days, so mothers carried dead babies, husbands carried dead wives....
But this story, the story of the Creek, is almost worse. And wouldn't you know Andrew Jackson would be involved. He doesn't exactly have a good reputation with those of us who know the stories of our ancestors.
We have a name for the European settlers. I can't spell it, so I won't try.
What's your favorite part of a good crispy piece of bacon? Shame on ME, but my favorite part is the fat.
It's a Sioux word that means 'steals the fat'; every time native Americans were on a piece of land that had ANYTHING the settlers wanted, they were pushed off to a less attractive piece of land. When the Sioux were given the Black Hills, they were happy. The Black Hills are sacred. The settlers were happy for a while; you can't grow crops or graze cattle in those mountains either.
But the settlers found something in the Black Hills they wanted.
It was the same with the Creek who lived in the South. That property was just too attractive. There were lots of other cruelties leading up to the forced march. But why should the settlers worry about that.
It's not like Indians were people.
This book might open your eyes to some things your history book conveniently forgot to mention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars August 5, 2014
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Although the book is short it contains a lot of information and is well written and organized.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to read. September 7, 2013
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This book had some very interesting stories about the Creek Indians which I found to be of interest.If you are into Native american lore,this should interest you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A existential story of a mighty people December 8, 2013
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Against all odds and a government that historically treated them as a in convenience in the way of manifest destiny the Creek have survived with their cultural ways much in tact. This was a brief read into the history of the people known as the Creek.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History and Culture of the Creek (Muskogee) September 12, 2013
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This was quite an interesting book. I had no idea the Creek nation was so large. This was very informative.
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