Muscogee Creek Culture, History,
Statistics, People & Events in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma’s heavy Indian population represents nearly 40 federally recognized tribes. Those representing the five largest tribes based on census figures (Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creek and Seminoles) still today have lifestyles that reflect some of the most valued aspects of the lives of their ancestors.
Muscogee Creek people in Oklahoma: Indian bow maker Mike Berryhill

Muscogee Creek people in Oklahoma: Indian bow maker Mike Berryhill

Updated: Tue, Jun 29, 2010

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.

Oklahoma Creeks want to re-create tribal town on Georgia acreage

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.

Muscogee Creek Culture in Oklahoma

Updated: Tue, Jun 29, 2010

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 history in Oklahoma

Updated: Tue, Jun 29, 2010

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.

Muscogee Creeks in Oklahoma Statistics

Updated: Tue, Jun 29, 2010

2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates for Creek Oklahomans or Creek Oklahomans in combination with any other race.



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