Belk: There are so many misconceptions about them | Chroniclers


Their towns were arranged with a square surrounded by public buildings and townspeople’s houses. Households were carefully placed along the wide streets leading to the square.

Creek households were extended matrilineal families consisting of a single wife, husband, daughters, and sons.

The main subsistence technique was agriculture. The men cleared the fields, and the women planted and gathered. They grew corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, tobacco and squash. Nuts and wild fruits were important for their diet. The men hunted and fished.

These Muskogean speaking Indians had a rich and complex social system with a lot of art, music, dance and recreation. Tattoos and body painting were common, as were decorated pottery, copper, intricate beadwork, basketry, masonry, pipes, and conch masks. The favorite game, the stick ball, was a fierce game often referred to as the “little brother of war”.

Large public religious rituals took place in the ceremonial centers. The green corn ceremony, the highlight of the religious year, included the feast, fasting, consumption of the “black drink” and the ceremony of the ball stick and big games. Drums, songs and rattles accompanied the dance of the horned owl.

There are so many misconceptions about South East Indians. People love to tell stories about Native Americans, stories they heard as children. Most of these colorful fables are not true. These are just myths. Like the old “operator” game, they change with each story.

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