Hi, my name is Brittany and this website is a part of my Social Studies Methods Course for K-8 Elementary education. This website contains a variety of cited information from the Choctaw’s origin stories and history all the way up to the tribes in present day America.
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The Choctaw Nation began from two brother Chahtah and Chickasah. The two brothers were hunting in what would be known as the Great Plains. While camping on top of a hill the two brothers met a woman and fed her what little meat they had. She returned the favor by giving the brothers corn.
As the season went on the brother’s and their small tribe decided they had to move to better land. So they followed the hopaii who erected a poll in the ground. Each day the poll leaned towards the sun, and they followed that poll until they came unto a great river. They build many rafts and crossed the river. Once on the other side Chahtah and his people planted corn, and found many berries.
His brother Chickasah continued traveling with a group of people and was not seen for many years. This group of people would go on to be the Chicksaw tribe, and the group who stayed with Chahtah would become the Choctaw.
From the early 17th Century to the 19th Century the Choctaw Nation live along the Mississippi river as a thriving tribe. Trading with the French, Spanish, and English. But as America expanded the Choctaw were pushed farther and farther away from the Mississippi until they signed The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830 that marked he final cession of lands, and removed the Choctaw to the west.
In 1831 over 2,000 Choctaws walked from Mississippi to Oklahoma through what is now known as the Trail of Tears. The Choctaw traveled through rain, storms and blizzards with very few rations, and little time to rest. Once in Oklahoma they began to regroup and started setting up small towns.
The Trail of Tears continued through 1832 and 1833 “In the three years of removal, we have transported more than 6,000 Chactaws from Mississippi to the new Choctaw Nation in the West.” (George Gains written to Lewis Cass)
Today the United States recognizes the Choctaw in two tribes, the Mississippi and the Oklahoma. Both tribes have a rich history that will forever be connected with their brother and leader Chahtah!