- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (November 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578069882
- ISBN-13: 978-1578069880
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,788,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Natchez Indians: A History to 1735
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�With the publication of this volume, at long last a book-length treatise on the Natchez Indians exists. Despite being one of the most well-known tribes in the Southeast, until now the complex and exciting story of the Natchez has remained hidden in scholarly articles. James Barnett has changed all of this in his telling of the Natchez story. The Natchez Indians: A History to 1735 is an absolute must for anyone interested in the indigenous peoples of the southeastern United States and the many roles that these people played in fashioning our nation.�
�Ian W. Brown, professor of anthropology, University of Alabama
�This is the most comprehensive history of the Natchez Indians to appear since John Swanton�s classic work of nearly a century ago. It is a worthy successor, as Barnett brings together a wealth of recent scholarship in an eminently readable book.�
�Vincas P. Steponaitis, professor and director, Research Laboratory of Archaeology, University of North Carolina
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The most complete and detailed examination of a vanished tribe
---Emphasizes the Natchez' pivotal role in the contest between France and England and the tribe's interaction with neighboring tribes
---Includes 10 maps of Natchez settlements and important sites
---Provides the perspective of a local author and specialist in Natchez Indian history
---Creates the only full-length history of the Natchez
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The title implies a thorough history of the Natchez down to 1735, but the book primarily focuses upon the 53-year period between 1682, the first recorded contact between the Natchez and Europeans since de Soto's expedition in 1541-1543, and 1735, when the remnants of the Natchez who escaped the French dispersed among the Chickasaw, Cherokee, and Creek nations. This discrepancy is my main complaint about the book. Although Mr. Barnett gives an interesting account of the conflict between de Soto's men and the Ouigualtam warrior boatmen on the Mississippi River, he does not delve extensively into a discussion of the Mississippian culture chiefdoms of the 1500s and how they devolved into the Natchez culture of the latter 1600s. Mr. Barnett appears to have an archaeological background, and I would have enjoyed a more thorough discussion of the prevailing theories of the origins of the Natchez civilization that the French encountered in the latter 1600s. Other than this minor quibble about how the book is titled, I highly recommend it.