CSU Lectures Focus on Chattahoochee Valley History, Native Americans

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will host a three-part lecture in a series titled, “Chattahoochee Valley Indians: Paleo to Present” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at the Columbus Public Library auditorium, 3000 Macon Road.

The event is free and open to the public. The lecture series serves as a lead-up to the May 21 opening of a Native American exhibit at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 S. Lumpkin Road.

Co-sponsors of the lecture series are Fort Benning, CSU’s Ivey Center for the Cultural Approach to History, Oxbow Meadows and CSU’s College of Education and Health Professions.

Topics throughout the series range from prehistoric climate change and lost archaeological sites to Creek Indian removal. Each subject matter expert will offer a half-hour lecture on related topics. Featured April 28 speakers and their topics are:

  • Mike Bunn, executive director, Historic Chattahoochee Commission and author of the book “Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812,” who will discuss historic Native American villages and influence in the lower Chattahoochee Valley.

  • Billy Winn, a Creek Indian historian and author of the book, “The Old Beloved Path,” will lecture about how Georgia’s push for the removal of the Creek Indians, which became the beginning of the Southern states rights movement.

  • Archaeologist Paul D. Jackson, owner of TerraXplorations, Inc., an archaeological company, who will discuss climate change from 18,000 years ago to present. The discussion will focus on how the climatic changes impacted the landscape, global vegetation and human populations.


A 30-minute question-and-answer session with the speakers follows the lectures. For more information, contact Victor Salazar, Ivey Center director, at salazar_victor@ColumbusState.edu or 706-507-8514.

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