Muscogee Creek Culture, History,
Statistics, People & Events in Oklahoma
A full-blood Muscogee Creek is a rare thing. Mike Berryhill estimates that there are about 1,700 left in the world, and he is one of them.
His first wife was not quite full-blood, she was seven-eighths Indian so their daughters are not quite full-blood either. Mike refers to this process as a “whittling down”, a metaphor which comes naturally to a man who spends much of his time crafting wood.
The Kialegee Tribal Town, of Oklahoma, has a contract to buy 300 acres, part of St. Simons Island developer Joe McDonough's 4,300 acres near Brunswick, Ga. The deal is contingent on Bureau of Indian Affairs recognizing the land as a reservation. The Kialegee say they want to re-create a tribal town as a tourist attraction and then make a deal for a larger project. A bill that would allow the state to transfer land to the Kialegee has passed the Georgia Senate. Rep. Roger Lane, R-Darien, chairman of a House subcommittee considering the bill, says panel members want to determine whether the Kialegee could build a gambling casino there without state approval.
The Muscogee (Creek) culture can be seen in many facets of life in Oklahoma, from Creek ceremonial traditions, stomp dances, the Green Corn Ceremony, the Creek Nation Festival, Creek genealogy and the Muscogee ;anguage.
Muscogee Creek Indians descended from South Appalachian woodland dwellers in Georgia and Alabama. Early ancestors of Creeks constructed distinctive flat topped earthen pyramids as part of their ceremonial complexes, some of which still survive today.