They Say the Wind Is Red: The Alabama Choctaw Lost in Their Own Land

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They Say the Wind Is Red tells the history of the Choctaw Indians who managed to remain in Alabama when other southeastern Indians were forcibly removed to the West in the 1830s. This small band lived mostly hidden from public view in the swamps and piney woods of Mobile and Washington counties. Often misidentified as black or even cajun, the ancestors of today's MOWA Choctaw maintained their Indian communities throughout the 1800s and early 1900s. This book chronicles the Choctaws' pride, endurance, and ...
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Overview

They Say the Wind Is Red tells the history of the Choctaw Indians who managed to remain in Alabama when other southeastern Indians were forcibly removed to the West in the 1830s. This small band lived mostly hidden from public view in the swamps and piney woods of Mobile and Washington counties. Often misidentified as black or even cajun, the ancestors of today's MOWA Choctaw maintained their Indian communities throughout the 1800s and early 1900s. This book chronicles the Choctaws' pride, endurance, and persistence in the face of abhorrent conditions imposed by government at all levels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588380791
  • Publisher: NewSouth, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,021,417
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Acknowledgments 12
1 Introduction 19
2 Known and Unknowable Ancestors, 1800-1813 23
3 Disaffected Choctaw--The 'Lost Tribe,' 1813-1830 32
4 Refugees--Six Towns Choctaw, 1830-1890 50
5 The Green Wall--Homeland, 1890-1920 69
6 Subsistence--Land Loss, 1890-1920 104
7 Saloons in the Forest--Customs, 1920-1950 111
8 Quest for Recognition, 1887-1997 131
9 Epilogue, 1997-2002 163
Southeastern Indian Genealogy Resources 170
Appendix A 1851 Petition 181
Appendix B 1855 Choctaw Census 183
Appendix C MOWA Homesteads 185
Appendix D MOWA Tribal Leaders 188
Appendix E Elders' Conference 190
Notes 191
Bibliography 211
Index 218
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