CSU Co-Sponsors Lecture by Creek Indian Scholar at Columbus Library

Don FixicoCOLUMBUS, Ga. — A nationally known Creek Indian scholar will speak Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Columbus Public Library on The Power of Creek Oral Tradition, a lecture co-sponsored by Columbus State University’s Department of History and Geography.

Donald Fixico, Distinguished Foundation Professor of History and Affiliate Faculty of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University, is expected to discuss the Creek  tradition of dramatic storytelling in the free 6:30 p.m. talk also sponsored by the Chattahoochee Valley Regional Libraries, Muscogee County Friends of Libraries and the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association.

The Creeks, a confederacy of numerous Indian bands, lived in Alabama and Georgia for centuries before they lost most of their territory in the Creek War of 1813-1814. The Creek War of 1836 finalized the collapse of the Creek nation, leading to the forced westward migration that same year of Creek survivors on the Trail of Tears, where thousands more died. Only a few small tribes remain today in the Southeast, the largest being a reservation in Atmore, Ala.

Fixico — who’s part Shawnee, Sac and Fox, Muscogee Creek and Seminole — shares and preserves the history of his culture through lectures, books and films. He has worked on nearly 20 documentaries about American Indians and has published ten books,  including American Indians in a Modern World (2008), The American Indian Mind in a Linear World (2003) and The Urban Indian Experience in America (2000). In  2010, he received a National Museum of the American Indian Award of Achievement in History and Education. Earlier this year, he was one of several scholars featured in a PBS documentary on The War of 1812.

Fixico has been a professor for 32 years at ten universities, including the John F. Kennedy Center at Freie University in Berlin and the University of Nottingham in England. Before arriving at Arizona State, he was the Distinguished Thomas Bowlus Professor of History and founding director of the Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas.

A book-signing and reception will follow the lecture at the Columbus Library, 3000 Macon Road.

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