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“The Creek Indians and the Animal Kingdom” will be presented by Kathryn E. Holland Braund at the ArchiTreats: Food For Thought program on Thursday, February 20th at 12:05 PM in the Alabama Department of Archives and History’s Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium. Braund examines the relationship between the Creek Indians of Alabama and the animal world, emphasizing the place animals have in Southeastern American Indian culture.
Alabama Indians used birds and other animals in a metaphorical fashion to relate essential truths about human beings, the universe, and their relationship to each other. The program is based on accounts of the Indians left by visiting Europeans, as well as Creek Indian artifacts, myths, and hunting songs. A slide presentation featuring historic artifacts, maps and drawings will be included.
Braund is Associate Professor of History at Auburn University, where she teaches colonial and revolutionary era history. She has a Ph.D. in History from Florida State University. Braund’s research focuses on the Creek Indians from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. Her publications include: Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685-1815; William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians; A Concise Natural History of East and West Florida; and The History of the American Indians.This program is part of the Alabama Humanities Foundation 2001-2003 Speaker in the House program. The Alabama Humanities Foundation is a nonprofit organization, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as by corporate and individual donors.
The noontime program is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.
For more information call (334) 242-4363, ext. 235.
Created: January 23, 2003
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435