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University of Mississippi, Main Campus (University, MS 38677-1848)
Jay K. Johnson (Project Director: September 1999 to present)

The Chickasaws: Economics, Politics, and Social Organization in the Early Eighteenth Century

To support the analysis of material excavated from Chickasaw sites during the 1930s to document changes in the nature of external and internal relationships during the early contact period.

A large collection of artifacts excavated from early 18th century Chickasaw sites in northeast Mississippi more than 50 years ago provides the opportunity to study several aspects of the way in which this culture adapted to the changes brought on by early contact with Europeans. Because of their location on the western frontier of the South, midway between the French colonies in Louisiana and Illinois, the Chickasaw played a particularly important role in the politics of the colonial period. Recent research using historical documents and archaeological data has begun to reveal complex patterns in the way that the Chickasaw dealt with Europeans, other Native Americans, and each other. We plan to refine our developing model of Chickasaw economics, politics, and social organization in the proposed research.

Project fields:

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2000 – 12/31/2003