*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
"Neither the Choctaws nor Chicksaws ever engaged in war against the American people, but always stood as their faithful allies." - Horatio Cushman
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.
The Five Civilized Tribes are among the best known Native American groups in American history, and they were even celebrated by contemporary Americans for their abilities to adapt to white culture. But tragically, they are also well known tribes due to the trials and tribulations they suffered by being forcibly moved west along the Trail of Tears.
Though not as well known as the Cherokee, one of the Five Civilized Tribes was the Choctaw. With roots that tie them to the Ancient Moundbuilders, the Choctaw were one of the most established groups in the Southeastern United States, and they were among the first natives encountered by Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto's historic expedition in the mid-16th century.
The Choctaw became known as one of the Five Civilized Tribes for quickly assimilating aspects of European culture, but in response to early European contact, they became part of one of the strongest confederacies in the region. Ultimately, however, they were pushed westward during the mid-19th century and were notoriously part of the Trail of Tears.
Native American Tribes: The History and Culture of the Choctaw 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 one of the Five Civilized Tribes like you never have before, in no time at all.