Monday, November 12, 2012
Living History - Part Two
The next stop on our tour of the Pioneer Days exhibit at Ft. Toulouse is the Creek Indian village (my favorite, I think).
These structures are replicas of the types of homes the Creek/Muskogee Indians would have been living in around the year 1814.
Some of the beautiful faces and incredible costumes.....
Gorgeous hand-woven baskets and foodstuffs representing the typical diet of the Eastern Woodland Indians at around this time period...things like corn, squashes, pumpkins, nuts, berries, etc.
The Native American exhibit holds a very special place in my heart. My husband's great grandmother was a Cherokee Indian woman, and the physical characteristics are very prominent in his appearance - the dark dark hair and eyes, the copper penny colored skin, the prominent nose and noble bearing. And also, perhaps most importantly, the land we live on was once inhabited by these beautiful people. We often find arrowheads, bits of pottery, and beads left behind by them. When I walk in the woods, I feel their spirits here. It saddens me that very little remains here of their people and their culture. Our state, our counties, towns, and rivers bear their names, but they are not here. I try to honor them by remembering that this land I love is not really mine. I am just another in a long line of custodians who are privileged to call this area my home. I honor them by remembering.