Chinnubbie and the owl: Muscogee (Creek) stories, orations, by Alexander Lawrence Posey, Matthew Wynn Sivils

By Alexander Lawrence Posey, Matthew Wynn Sivils

Notwithstanding he died on the age of thirty-four, the Muscogee (Creek) poet, journalist, and stand-up comedian Alexander Posey (1873–1908) used to be probably the most prolific and influential American Indian writers of his time. This quantity of 9 tales, 5 orations, and 9 works of oral culture is the 1st to gather those interesting and critical works of Muscogee literature. a lot of Posey’s tales replicate trickster topics; his orations exhibit either his rhetorical prowess and his political stance as a “Progressive” Muscogee; and his works of oral culture display his deep cultural roots. every one of these items, which first seemed among 1892 and 1907 in Indian Territory newspapers and magazines, have when you consider that turn into rarities, a number of the unique items surviving purely as unmarried clippings in a number of archives. While Muscogee oral culture tremendously stimulated Posey’s prose, his paintings used to be additionally infused with the Euro-American affects that shaped a lot of his literary schooling. As this assortment demonstrates, Posey used his wisdom of Euro-American literature and historical past to aid write works that championed his personal humans at a time of profound oppression by the hands of the USA executive. Posey’s shiny literary sort merges wealthy local humor with Muscogee oral culture in a manner that makes him a different determine in American Indian literature and politics. Chinnubbie and the Owl brings those works of significant literary, cultural, and ancient worth to a brand new new release of readers.

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58. Quoted in Littlefield, Alex Posey, 157. 59. , Fus Fixico Letters, 245–46, 260–61. 60. Womack, Red on Red, 133. 0pt P ——— Normal P PgEnds: T [26], (5) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Introduction Written between 1893 and 1902, the nine stories collected in this edition are presented in chronological order according to known publication dates. U. Instructor while Posey was a student at Bacone Indian University in Muskogee, Indian Territory.

Prophet” is another term for a Muscogee medicine man or shaman. See Wright, Creeks and Seminoles, 157–60. 2. A wigwam is a cone-shaped hut framed by poles covered in bark, hides, or other material. See Adams, Western Words, 347. 3. 5pt PgV ——— Normal Page PgEnds: TEX [45], (5) stories 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Through the allusion to Poe’s story, Posey also alludes to act 3, scene 2 of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. 4. A “falchion” is a slightly curved medieval sword, but Posey probably means a long knife.

23. Littlefield, Alex Posey, 218. 24. Donald E. Green, The Creek People, 86. 25. Womack, Red on Red, 40; Donald E. Green, The Creek People, 91–92. 26. O’Brien, American Indian Tribal Governments, 132; Donald E. Green, The Creek People, i. 27. Muscogee (Creek) Nation Web Page, August 13, 2003; Debo, Road to Disappearance, 103. 28. Ruoff, introduction to Wynema, xiii. 29. Biographical information about Posey is primarily drawn from Littlefield’s biography, Alex Posey. See notes for specific page references.

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