Culture and Customs of the Choctaw Indians, 1st Edition

  • Donna L. Akers
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  • ISBN-10: 0313364028
  • ISBN-13: 9780313364020
  • DDC: 976.004
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 201 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released May 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
1: History of the Choctaws of the West.
2: Origins.
3: The Invasion of Hernando De Soto.
4: European Colonialism.
5: Choctaw Diplomacy and Resistance.
6: U.S. Colonialism: Taking Choctaw Lands.
7: White Invasion and the Treaty Process.
8: Land Speculation and Other Schemes to Obtain Indian Lands.
9: Death, Destruction, and Dispossession.
10: President Jackson and Choctaw Dispossession and Exile.
11: The Trail where We Cried.
12: The Choctaw Nation of the West.
13: The American Civil War.
14: The Notorious Dawes Act.
15: The Lowest Point in the History of the Choctaw Nation.
16: World War I and Choctaw Code Talkers.
17: World War II and the Post-War Years.
18: Termination and Relocation.
19: Choctaw Resurgence.
20: History of the Choctaws in the Deep South.
21: Worldview and Spiritual Beliefs.
22: Unique Worldview.
23: Interconnectedness.
24: Order and Purity.
25: Historical Beliefs in Harmony and Balance.
26: Power.
27: Mother Earth.
28: Modern Choctaw Religious Beliefs.
29: Choctaw Churches and Christianity.
30: Social Customs, Gender Roles, Family Life, and Children.
31: Traditional Choctaw Kinship.
32: Gender Roles.
33: Marriage and Divorce.
34: The Economy.
35: Christianity.
36: Social Change in the 20th Century.
37: Choctaw Oral Traditions.
38: Oka Falama or the Returned Waters.
39: Ohoyo Osh Chisba or the Unknown Woman.
40: Chahtah Osh Hochifoh Keyu or the Nameless Choctaw.
41: The Man and the Turkey.
42: Whatyousay.
43: Skate’ne.
44: Na Losa Falaya.
45: Kowi Anuksaha.
46: Land Swindling.
47: Grandfather’s Land.
48: Dispossessions and Death.
49: The Choctaw Language.
50: Choctaw Story Tellers Today.
51: Literature.
52: Choctaw Cuisine and Agriculture.
53: Traditional Agriculture.
54: Favorite Foods and Recipes.
55: Choctaw Beer.
56: Choctaw Agriculture and Subsistence Activities Today.
57: Healing, Herbs, and Cures Nutrition, Herbal Knowledge, and Western Medicine.
58: Choctaw Herbal Remedies.
59: Choctaw Traditional Healers.
60: Choctaw Arts, Ceremonies, and Festivals.
61: Oral and Written Communication.
62: Music and Dance.
63: Dancing in the Choctaw Past.
64: Musical Instruments.
65: Ball Play.
66: Basketry.
67: Contemporary Choctaw Artists.
68: Choctaw National Dress and Accessories.
69: Celebrations and Observances.
70: Contemporary Issues.
71: Sovereignty.
72: Blood Quantum, Identity, and Colonialism.
73: Language and Culture Revitalization and Preservation.
74: Social Issues.
Selected Bibliography.
About the Author.