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Social organization and social usages of the Indians of the Creek confederacy

U.S. Govt. Print. Off.Washington, Dc • Published In 1928 • Pages: 23-472

By: Swanton, John Reed.

Abstract
This document is the first part of a comprehensive ethnography of the Indians of the Creek confederacy. The second part, that deals with religion and medicine will be found in document 2:Swanton. Swanton has worked with historical materials as well as directly with Creek remnants in Oklahoma. Large sections of the document are quotations from earlier writers who had direct contact with functioning traditional Creek culture. Most of the work is concerned with descriptions of Muskogee, Alabama, and Hitchiti-speaking groups. However, frequent reference is made to Chickasaw, Choctaw, Natchez, Cherokee, and other southeastern tribes. Swanton includes sections on Creek traditional history, Creek towns and town organization, law and government, kinship, and general customs. Diagrams of town squares and seating arrangements therein are furnished in all possible cases. Swanton has organized in tabular form lists of Creek towns and their associations with each other, as well as Creek clans and clan-linkages.
Subjects
Traditional history
Literary texts
Clans
Public structures
Community structure
Offenses and sanctions
Marriage
Burial practices and funerals
Warfare
culture
Creek
HRAF PubDate
2009
Region
North America
Sub Region
Eastern Woodlands
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Creator Type
Ethnologist
Document Rating
5: Excellent Primary Data
Analyst
W. W. Stein; 1956; John Beierle; 2008
Coverage Date
1700-1912
Coverage Place
southeastern United States and Oklahoma
Notes
by John R. Swanton
Includes bibliographical references (p. 471-472)
LCCN
28030084
LCSH
Creek Indians