Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Daily Life in Cusseta
—Creek Heritage Trail —
Creek villages were led by Miccos, or council chiefs.
Each Micco was chosen by his skill in oration, diplomacy, and warfare. These leaders were held in esteem both for their bravery and their persuasive ability in the town councils. Next in authority to the Micco was the Tus-Te-Ne-Nul-Gee, or Head Warrior, followed by other councilors, and speakers.
A deeply spiritual people, religious and symbolic ceremonies were very important to the Creek people at Cusseta. A variety of ceremonies marked the beginning and ending of periods of significant events such as warfare, hunting seasons, and times for planting or harvesting.
Ancestors figured prominently in the Creek belief systems and worldview, as they felt those who had come before guided them in important ways. Ancestors were also a very important component of Creeks' strong attachment to the land. Gravesites were strong connections with the past, and many Creeks believed the spirits of the deceased remained in the lands in which they lived and died. Burial grounds often lay close to family huti, sometimes directly underneath the main house.
Erected 2014 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Columbia State University.
Location. 32° 23.195′ N, 84° 57.521′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker can be reached from South Lumpkin Road, on the right when traveling Touch for map. Located in front of the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus GA 31903, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cusseta: A Center for International Diplomacy (here, next to this marker); Creek Agriculture (here, next to this marker); The Creek Town of Cusseta (here, next to this marker); Dedicated to the American Revolutionary War Infantryman (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Benning POW Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); 87th Infantry Division Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Tropic Lightning Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Specialist Ross A. McGinnis (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 5, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.