Lesson 13: Thécoel (Natchez)

After we conclude our discussion of the Cherokee today, we will discuss Natchez society, culture, and history. The Natchez are somewhat different from other groups we have studied in that most of our information is historic in nature. Disease and attacks from the British and French caused severe population losses, forcing the Natchez to disperse during the mid to late 1700s. There are still individuals today in South Carolina and Oklahoma that identify as Natchez, so it is important not to think of it as an extinct. However, most of what we know about traditional culture and society is through the eyes of European observers. We will discuss what this means for our understanding of the Natchez.


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