“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cherokee in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Bridging Cultures

Natchez Trace Parkway

Bridging Cultures Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 18, 2017
1. Bridging Cultures Marker
Inscription. Here, near the bubbling waters of Buzzard Roost Spring, Levi Colbert (Itawamba Minko, “Bench Chief”) built one of the many inns—called stands—along the Natchez Trace.

But it was Colbert’s negotiating and language skills that sustained him as a tribal leader. Bilingual, with a Scottish father and Chickasaw mother, he took advance of opportunities in both cultures.

Across several decades, Colbert sat among the Chickasaw during treaty talks. Using his knowledge both white and Chickasaw society, he protected both the Chickasaw homeland and his own interest.

A dogged negotiator, at the time of his death in 1834, Colbert was trying to amend an 1832 treaty to gain better terms for the Chickasaw people.

A 2012 inductee into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, Levi Colbert earned a reputation as a skilled negotiator.
Erected by Natchez Trace Parkway
, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
Location. 34° 45.631′ N, 88° 1.373′ W. Marker is in Cherokee, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Access
Bridging Cultures Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 18, 2017
2. Bridging Cultures Marker
Road (at milepost 327.3), 0.4 miles west of Natchez Trace Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at Buzzard's Roost Spring Parking Loop. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee AL 35616, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Something to Chew on (here, next to this marker); Levi Colbert Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Cherokee (approx. 2.9 miles away); Trace Travelers (approx. 6.6 miles away); Chickasaw Hospitality (approx. 6.8 miles away); A Chickasaw Planter (approx. 6.8 miles away); Colbert's Stand (approx. 6.9 miles away); George Colbert Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cherokee.
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace Parkway. National Park Service (Submitted on August 21, 2017.) 
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