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Culture and Customs of the Choctaw Indians (Culture and Customs of Native Peoples in America)by Donna L. Akers
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Endeavoring to replace stereotypical images with a more accurate understanding of Native Americans, Culture and Customs of the Choctaw IndianS≪/i> explores the traditional lives of the Choctaw people, their history and oppression by the dominant society, and their struggles to maintain a unique identity in the face of overwhelming pressures to assimilate.
The book begins with a historical overview of traditional Choctaw life, belief systems, social customs, and traditions. Moving to contemporary Choctaw communities, it looks at the modern-day Choctaw and the important issues they face. Separate chapters cover cuisine, social and kinship systems, oral traditions, arts, music, and dance, as well as current issues and tribal politics. Readers will see how many Choctaw people blend traditional beliefs with participation in and knowledge of the dominant society and economy, while continuing to speak and teach the Choctaw language and traditions in homes, churches, and schools.
• Presents a historical overview of this important Native American tribe and explores the lives of contemporary Choctaw people in modern America
• Offers a balanced presentation of U.S.-Native American relations, including an understanding of the effects of American settler-colonialism on one Native American nation
• Provides a unique, indigenous perspective on U.S. history, underscoring the persistence and courage of Choctaw people in the face of U.S. imperialism
• An extensive chronology includes major events and changing conditions among the Choctaw, from ancient times until the present
• Includes dozens of photographs as well as maps that detail the loss of Choctaw lands through dealings with the United States
This complete overview of the Choctaw people, from ancient times to the present, includes sections on history, cuisine, music and dance, current issues, oral traditions and language, social relationships, and traditional world view.
Following the signing of the 1830 Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the Choctaw Indian Nation was one of the five Southern tribes removed to Oklahoma along the "Trail of Tears." Despite granting the nation "irrevocable" title to new lands, the U.S. Congress repudiated the treaty in the 1880s, eventually confiscating and redistributing Choctaw holdings.
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