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Alex Colvin to present “Maintaining Kinship Ties in the Creek Indian Nation”


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Alex Colvin from Auburn University’s History Department will present the program at the B.B. Comer Memorial Library titled “Maintaining Kinship Ties in the Creek Indian Nation.”

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at noon, the brown bag lecture audience will learn about the role of kinship in setting up the social and legal structure of the Creek Indian Nation that once occupied nearly all of Alabama. This program is a part of the “Time Slips Away” SouthFirst Bank Adult Lecture Series.

Alex Colvin has studied under Kathryn Braund who is one of the country’s foremost experts on Southeastern Indians. Dr. Braund recommended the presentation on the importance of kinship in the structure of Indian tribes and called Colvin’s study “thorough and fascinating” with her focus on the family of Alexander McGillivray, who became the principal chief of the Creek Indians after the American Revolution.

The foundation of social organization and thus government among North American Indians was based on the bond of real and legal kinship – a perspective that is often difficult for 21st Century citizens to understand and one that Colvin will enjoy explaining.

Refreshments begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the program at noon.

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