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Oxford in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

"Little Brother of War"

 

— Choccolocco Park Interpretive Trail —

 
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 26, 2020
1. Muscogee (Creek) Nation Marker
Inscription.  The ancestral traditions of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation are still practiced today. Among these is a game called “Little Brother of War" or "stickball”. The game is used to settle disagreements, to toughen warriors and sometimes for recreation. Traditionally, these games could last several days with as many as 1,000 warriors participating in the match. The modern-day game of lacrosse is similar; however, the “Little Brother of War” originated in the Southeast during ancient times. The object of the game is to throw a ball between two goal posts at either end of the field. Players may not touch the ball with their hands but must use "sticks” crafted of wood and leather. Rules are decided on before the match and players must undergo a purification ritual before the game is played.
 
Erected 2016 by the City of Oxford.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSports.
 
Location. 33° 36.086′ N, 85° 47.45′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Alabama
View from marker towards the rebuilt mound. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 26, 2020
2. View from marker towards the rebuilt mound.
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, in Calhoun County. Marker can be reached from Leon Smith Parkway. Located within Choccolocco Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 954 Leon Smith Parkway, Oxford AL 36203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Muscogee (Creek) Nation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mississippi Agriculture (about 500 feet away); The Prehistoric, Protohistoric & Historic Periods (about 500 feet away); Welcome to the Choccolocco Park (about 600 feet away); Mississippi Earthen Mounds (about 700 feet away); The Choccolocco Creek Archaeological Complex (about 700 feet away); The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Today (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Muscogee (Creek) Nation (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 28, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 28, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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