Common rituals included: (a) conducting a wake service the night before burial; (b) never leaving the body alone before burial; (c) enclosing personal items and food in the casket; (d) digging graves by hand; (e) each individual throwing a handful of dirt into the grave before covering, called giving a “farewell
Traditional Creek economy was based largely on the cultivation of corn (maize), beans, and squash. Most of the farming was done by women, while the men of the tribe were responsible for hunting and defense. The Creek achieved status based on individual merit rather than by inheriting it.
The Creek religion before the Europeans was mainly Protestantism, which is often used as a general term merely to signify that they are not Roman Catholics. They were a monotheistic tribe, believing in a god they called the One.
This mostly peaceful group of Southeast American Indian Tribes had roots in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida until they were forced out by other tribes and Europeans. They often referred to themselves as Muskogee or Muscogee. The Creek were known to wear highly decorated and sophisticated clothing.
The Creeks were farming people. Creek women did most of the farming, harvesting crops of corn, beans, and squash. Creek men did most of the hunting, shooting deer, wild turkeys, and small game and fishing in the rivers and along the coast. Creek dishes included cornbread, soups, and stews cooked on stone hearths.
Today, the Muscogee ( Creek ) Nation is located in Oklahoma and has land claims in the Florida panhandle. The Tribal headquarters is located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and the tribe has approximately 44,000 tribal members.
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Between 1830 and 1850, about 100,000 American Indians living between Michigan, Louisiana, and Florida moved west after the U.S. government coerced treaties or used the U.S. Army against those resisting. Many were treated brutally. An estimated 3,500 Creeks died in Alabama and on their westward journey.
For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. The Muscogee language ( Muskogee, Mvskoke IPA: [ maskókî ] in Muscogee ), also known as Creek, is a Muskogean language spoken by Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole people, primarily in the US states of Oklahoma and Florida.
Gender: Female. Pronunciation: HOHK-ti; HOHK-tee. Origin: Muscogee. Meaning: Woman.
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Choctaw religion never worshiped idols, or any works of their own hands, as other Indian nations. They believed in the existence of a Great Spirit, and that He possessed super-natural power, and was omnipresent, but they did not deem that He expected or required any form of worship of them.
These homes were located in the same village. People simply moved a few feet or so to reach their seasonal home. The Creek tricked other tribes into thinking they had more people in each village than there really were. All the houses, summer and winter, were built around a huge central plaza.
Formed in part originally by Creek refugees, the Seminole people today have three federally recognized tribes: the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Seminole Tribe of Florida, and Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.
The Creeks were divided over the issue of removal. Many, including Chief William McIntosh, remained loyal to the United States government, believing voluntary removal was the only way to escape complete annihilation. Others, however, wanted to go back to their way of living before the settlers’ influences.