Choctaw Genesis, 1500-1700

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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 the early modern period. This rich and detailed work-winner of the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, the James Mooney Award, and the McLemore ...
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Overview

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 the early modern period. This rich and detailed work-winner of the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, the James Mooney Award, and the McLemore Prize-not only provides much new information on the Choctaws but illuminates the entire field of colonial-era southeastern history and provides 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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Editorial Reviews

Choice
“A remarkable synthesis of history, anthropology, and cartography.”—Choice
Journal of American History
“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 offer[s] a volume that is readable, enjoyable, even engrossing, and defensible.”—Journal of American History
Western Historical Quarterly
“Galloway’s command of the sources is convincing, her scholarship is sound.”—Western Historical Quarterly
Mississippi Archaeology
“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 Archaeology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803270701
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Series: Indians of the Southeast Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 413
  • Sales rank: 852,849
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Series Editors' Foreword
Note to Readers
Acknowledgments
1 Source Materials and Methodologies 1
2 Prehistory, 1100-1500 27
3 Evidence from the Early Sixteenth Century 75
4 Evidence from the Late Sixteenth Century 128
5 Seventeenth-Century Overtures to Contact 164
6 The Cartography of Early Contact 205
7 Ethnic Boundaries from Material Evidence 264
8 Ethnic Boundaries from Documentary Evidence 305
9 Choctaw Tribe Formation 338
Appendix: Burial Data 361
Bibliography 369
Index 401
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