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Source Material for the Social and Ceremonial Life of the Choctaw Indians

Written by John Swanton and foreword by Kenneth H. Carleton

Publication Year: 2001

Long considered the undisputed authority on the Indians of the southern United States, anthropologist John Swanton published this history as the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) Bulletin 103 in 1931. Swanton's descriptions are drawn from earlier records—including those of DuPratz and Romans—and from Choctaw informants. His long association with the Choctaws is evident in the thorough detailing of their customs and way of life and in his sensitivity to the presentation of their native culture.

Included are descriptions of such subjects as clans, division of labor between sexes, games, religion, war customs, and burial rites. The Choctaws were, in general, peaceful farmers living in Mississippi and southwestern Alabama until they were moved to Oklahoma in successive waves beginning in 1830, after the treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek.

This edition includes a new foreword by Kenneth Carleton placing Swanton's work in the context of his times. The continued value of Swanton's original research makes Source Material the most comprehensive book ever published on the Choctaw people.

Published by: The University of Alabama Press

Series: Contemporary American Indians


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pp. v-x

John Reed Swanton, 1873-1958, is generally considered the father of modern Southeastern American Indian ethnology and ethnohistory (although it was not called that when Swanton was doing it). The majority of his major works are about the Indians of the Southeast. They concentrate on historical documentation of the native peoples using original source material and synthesizing the ...

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pp. 1-241

Each of the larger tribes which formerly occupied portions of the Gulf region of our country had its own peculiar characteristics, and this was as true of those known to have belonged to the same linguistic stock as of tribes alien to one another in this respect. One associates with the Natchez a developed solar worship with a temple and perpetual fire, absolutism in government, and tragic funeral rites; ...


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pp. 275-282

E-ISBN-13: 9780817384364
Print-ISBN-13: 9780817311094

Page Count: 294
Publication Year: 2001

Series Title: Contemporary American Indians
Series Editor Byline: Heidi M. Altman See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 664233628
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