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Historical Articles

The subjects of these profiles are not famous, but they are accomplished and remarkable. The subjects include a former major league pitcher, a diplomat in the making, a convicted murderer, and a language expert who is making sense of colonial attempts to spell Chickasaw words before the tribe had a written language.
These articles are meant to describe the Chickasaw culture in a meaningful way by citing a few very good sources of information from their contemporaries and ours. Subjects include the sacred rite of retaliation and women’s roles during a time of unrelenting warfare.
These articles range from Gov. Anoatubby's initiatives to reestablish a meaningful presence in the Old Homeland, to the tribe’s interest in disinterred prehistoric Indian remains near Nashville, to the offer to acquire thousands of items that belonged to ancestral Chickasaws who lived and died in the Homeland.
These historical accounts are arranged in chronological order. They range from prehistory (before the people became a tribe) to their first meeting with white men through the late 18th century when Chickasaws had to choose whether to ally with the fledgling United States or the Spanish Empire.
Most of these articles describe an important part of the development of the modern Chickasaw Nation under former Governor Overton James. Other articles involve an earlier era when tribal government was abolished or about to be. For students of tribal culture, Josiah Mikey was the most influential information source you’ve never heard of.
When Spanish and French missionaries arrived in the Southeast to begin saving souls for Christ, they soon realized that they had a big job on their hands.
The ceremony began last June 11 at 5:29 a.m., when the sun began creeping over the horizon in middle Tennessee. Remains of some 66 ancient Indian people, including men, women and children, and the objects they held most dear had been specially prepared to be re-buried by a del...
In the summer of 1932, Gene Moore had been a deputy sheriff in Atoka County for about a year. By one account, this 30-year-old man of part Chickasaw descent liked his job, carried out his duties efficiently and was considered popular by the citizens of Atoka. Hard-working and ...
After several years of cycling through phases of research, writing and revising, I finally completed a draft last fall of a book-length manuscript titled, A Narrative Social History of the Chickasaw People, Prehistory to 1763. In November, I submitted the manuscript to Chicka...
John Dyson doesn’t speak fluent Chickasaw, but this Indianan considers himself an archaeologist of the language.
The Chickasaws and Choctaws once were one people, according to the Chickasaw migration story. This understanding is common to the accounts of English trader James Adair in 1775 and the 20th century Chickasaw activist, Jess Humes.
The largest collection in the world of predominately 18th century Chickasaw artifacts was acquired by the Chickasaw Nation last month.
In the 1780s the Chickasaws were split into roughly two factions. They were distinguished mainly by their two well-known, charismatic leaders and the imperialist nations they supported. One faction, led by Piomingo, supported the Americans; the other, led by Ugulaycabe, genera...
After the $l50,000 in tribal funds were expended for the purchase and initial renovation of the Chickasaw Motor Inn in l972, it was clear that no significant outlays from the tribe's remaining $316,000 trust funds were going to be made.
Few of us can recall what we were doing on any particular date unless it was associated with something either very, very good or very, very bad.