NAGPRA Map and Map of actual ethnic territories in Southeast
Several POOF readers requested copies of the NAGPRA map last night. Most readers were unaware that the Muscogee-Creek Nation had so little jurisdiction in Georgia, and none in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
I have also attached a map from my book, Ancient Roots IV, which shows the general ethnic areas of the Southeast in 1540 – based on the words recorded by early Spanish and French explorers in the 1500s.
Keep in mind that the Chickasaw Nation has been completely disfranchised by NAGPRA from reviewing archaeological sites in the vast territory that the Chickasaws occupied in Tennessee, northern Alabama, the tip of northwestern Georgia, the tip of northeastern Georgia and on the Chickasawhatchee River in SW Georgia. Even though the Alabama, Chickasaw and Choctaw Peoples once occupied western and southern Alabama, they are not allowed NAGPRA review there. Well, the Choctaws have been shut out of most of Mississippi too.
Since preparing the map, we have realized that there was a significant Taino-Arawak presence on the Ocmulgee River in south-central Georgia and around Atlanta. There was also a significant Siouan presence between Atlanta and the mountains. However, these ethnic groups eventually joined the Creek Confederacy.
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