The First Southerners: Creeks and Cherokees in Early Georgia

ldpd-135478Dr. Ben Steere of UWG’s Anthropology Department presented the program, The First Southerners: Creeks and Cherokees in Early Georgia on Wednesday, April 1, at 11:00 a.m. at the University of West Georgia’s Ingram
Library.

See a video of his presentation online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKZRUJavFF8

The Muscogee Creek and Cherokee are famously known as two of the “five civilized tribes” of the early nineteenth-century Southeastern United States, and both played important and active roles in Georgia’s history. These two societies share common cultural traditions that date back thousands of years, but by the eighteenth century, the Muscogee Creek and Cherokee were strikingly different in significant ways. Archaeological and historical research show that Creeks and Cherokees used very different strategies to adapt to the changing political and social landscape of early Georgia.

Dr. Ben Steere, UWG Assistant Professor of Anthropology, has published extensively on Native American societies in the Southeast. He is currently preparing a map and database of all the Woodland and Mississippian mounds and Cherokee towns in western North Carolina, as well as a large-scale study of domestic architecture in the prehistoric and early historic Southeast. Dr. Steere received his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 2003 and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2011.

This program was sponsored by Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society.

Image: Three American Cherokee Chiefs, 1762, MRL 10: G.E.E. Lindquist Papers, 65, 1826, The Burke Library Archives (Columbia University Libraries) at Union Theological Seminary, New York.

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