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Mar 22

Stories from my Grandfather — Origins

WHAT’S PLAYING: Black Eyed Peas “Union”

In the beginning, the first men were created in Nanih Waiya. And there they were made. And there they came forth.

The Muscogees came out first and sunned themselves on Nanih Waiya’s earthen rampart. When they were dry, they traveled to the east where they rested. As they were smoking tobacco, they dropped some fire.

Next, the Cherokees came out of Nanih Waiya and sunned themselves on the earthen rampart. When they were dry, they followed the trail of the elder tribe. And at the place where the Muscogees had stopped to smoke tobacco, there was fire and the woods were burnt. The Cherokees could not find the Muscogees’ trail, and so turned aside and went north. And there, in the north, they settled and made a people.

The Chickasaws came out third and sunned themselves on the earthen rampart. When they were dry, they followed the Cherokees’ trail. And when they got to where the Cherokee had settled and made a people, they settled and made a people close to the Cherokee.

Last of all, came the Choctaws out of Nanih Waiya and sunned themselves on the earthen rampart. When they were dry, they did not go anywhere, but settled down in this very land and it is the Choctaws’ home.

And here we will stay until we are no more.

 

Choctaw Word of the Day:  Halito  (Hello)

Did You Know?  There are no Choctaw words that begin with the letters “R” or “D”

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3 comments

  1. Janice Heck

    You constantly amaze me with your writings! I did not know about your background. This piece is so poetic. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nick

    Halito is this in mississippi and is the deerskin the traditional mississippi choctaw clothing

    1. JacquiTalbot

      Halito! Yes, this story is set in Mississippi. Traditional Choctaw clothing in Mississippi came from whatever was available in the region, this includes deerskin.

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