Books That Inspire 2008

The Rise and Fall of the Choctaw Republic
Angie Debo

During the winter of 1831-1832, Choctaw tribal members embarked on a tragic journey from their homelands in Mississippi to a new country to the West. Dr. Debo’s book inspired me to pursue archaeology as a means of making certain Choctaw unwritten history was protected. It is a reminder of what the Choctaws lost with the establishment of the state of Oklahoma, and is particularly useful for understanding the conflicting sets of feelings many tribal people had about last year’s centennial. It is particularly relevant as we celebrate what is, commiserate about what was, and conjecture about what might have been.

Joe E Watkins
Native American Studies