The American Library Association wishes to honor the indigenous heritage of the state of Georgia, as well as the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee and the Lower Muscogee Creek Tribe, and to express its gratitude to them. The earliest Native tribes of Georgia were the Cherokee and the Creek.
This is not an irrational assumption, because it is widely known that the Creek and the Cherokee were the two largest Indian tribes that dwelt on the western and northern frontiers of Georgia throughout its first century as a colony and state (1733-1838), respectively.
Georgia’s infamous first friendship is a well-known story. Questions of affiliations produced a rift between Creek and Yamasee Indians in coastal Georgia, causing them to divide. Some of these Indians banded together to establish a new tribe known as the Yamacraw, and it was their leader, Tomochichi, who welcomed Oglethorpe to the area.
The term ″Creek″ Indians was used to the whole group of people who had banded together. It is thought that the nickname ″Creeks″ originated from the fact that Indians lived on Ochese Creek near Macon, Georgia, but it eventually became a widespread name for all of the Indians residing in the southern United States, which numbered around 10,000 by 1715.
During the early nineteenth century, the Cherokees had a common homeland in the southern Appalachian Mountains, which are known in Georgia as the Blue Ridge, which included much of the northern third of what would become the state of Georgia.
In North Georgia, north of the Chattahoochee River, the Georgia Cherokee’s principal region of habitation contains the original territory held by their Cherokee ancestors prior to the forced evacuation of a large number of their relatives in 1838, a period known as the notorious Trail of Tears.
North American Indian tribe descended from the Muskogean language stock that originally resided in what is now southern Mississippi. Choctaw: The Choctaw dialect is remarkably close to the Chickasaw dialect, and there is evidence to suggest that they are a branch of the Chickasaw tribe itself.
Going back a few hundred years is necessary to understand the historical beginnings of Valdosta and Lowndes County. Early on, the area was home to the Timucua, Hitchitee, Seminole, and Creek tribes, with different tribes settling in the area at different times. The county was created in 1836.