Fort Mitchell in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Creek Nation / The Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center
The Creek Nation was a loose confederacy of independent towns that ranks among the most sophisticated and powerful native political organizations in North American history. Largely speakers of the Muskogee dialect, the Creeks coalesced from remnants of prehistoric societies and thrived for centuries. At its height, the Nation consisted of about 22,000 people living in over seventy towns scattered throughout Alabama and Georgia. The Creek Nation was roughly organized into Upper and Lower districts. Many of the most important Lower Creek towns lay along the Chattahoochee.
The Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center honors the legacy of the Creek Indians and all Native Americans of the lower Chattahoochee Valley. It was created by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission in collaboration with the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association and several local, state, and federal partners. The site is located at Fort Mitchell because it was a major assembly area for Creeks prior to their removal to the west. The center features a large sculpture symbolic of the Sacred Fire that sat at the heart of every Creek town and several other interpretive elements.
Erected 2016 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Historic Columbus Foundation and the Illges Foundation.
Topics. This Native Americans • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 32° 20.661′ N, 85° 1.268′ W. Marker is in Fort Mitchell, Alabama, in Russell County. Marker can be reached from Alabama Route 165, 2.3 miles south of Nuckols Road (Route 39). The Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center is located adjacent to, and within the entrance gate of, the Fort Mitchell National Landmark Park, and is open to visitors free of charge during park hours. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 561 AL-165, Fort Mitchell AL 36856, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Census of 1832 (here, next to this marker); Fort Mitchell and Creek Removal (a few steps from this marker); Cultural Exchange and Cooperation (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Ball Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); J.W. and Ethel I. Woodruff Foundation Interpretive Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Creek Towns (within shouting distance of this marker); Pokkecheta, or the Ball Play (within shouting distance of this marker); Archaeology And Our Understanding of the Creek People (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Mitchell.
Also see . . . The Encyclopedia of Alabama article on the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center. (Submitted on February 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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