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Shortly after French settlers joined the Natchez Indians on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, they brought people from western Africa as slaves to provide labor for development. These members of the Bambara tribe — whose name means "those who accept no master" — were the first Africans in what would become the State of Mississippi. Known for their abilities to cultivate the earth, the Bambarans contributed greatly to the economic growth of the region and the nation.

Shortly after French settlers joined the Natchez Indians on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, they brought people from western Africa as slaves to provide labor for development. These members of the Bambara tribe — whose name means "those who accept no master" — were the first Africans in what would become the State of Mississippi. Known for their abilities to cultivate the earth, the Bambarans contributed greatly to the economic growth of the region and the nation.

Black Indian Woman by DarkVictory19, via Flickr

Many Native Americans welcomed African Americans into their villages. Even as slaves many African Americans became part of a family group, and many intermarried with Native American. Thus, many later became classified as Black Indians.

Cherokee mother and children. Note the African American child with them. That was a common thing then.

"Many Native Americans welcomed African Americans into their villages. Even as slaves many African Americans became part of a family group, and many intermarried with Native Americans. Many later became classified as Black Indians"

Clothing worn by ancient Natchez tribe

Check out this site for interesting facts about the Natchez tribe. Food, clothing, homes, weapons and culture of the Natchez people. Interesting facts about the Natchez nation of the Southeast group.

The Black Seminoles are a small offshoot of the Gullah who escaped from the rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. They built settlements on the Florida frontier that in the 18th century was a vast tropical wilderness. It offered a refuge to escaped slaves and refugee Indians. In time, the two groups came to view themselves as part of the same tribe. The Gullahs adopted Indian clothing, while the Indians acquired a taste for rice and appreciation for Gullah music and folklore.

The Black Seminoles are a small offshoot of the Gullah who escaped from the rice…

The Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast Woodlands: The Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole. The nations rapidly assimilated white culture, raised stock, operated large farms, traded extensively with whites, adopted Christianity, owned Black slaves, and were educated at mission schools. It was  the "mixed-bloods" who readily adapted to white civilization; the "traditionalists"  did not. The Indian Removal Act of 1830, and the Treaty of New Echota, 1835, led to the Trail of…

The Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast Woodlands: The Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole.

The Choctaw Indians were the first to travel the "Trail of Tears" in 1831, followed by the Cherokee.  This picture thanks to danielnpaul.com

Cherokee Indian - Trail of tears.Georgia to Oklahoma where many died along the way. I am of Cherokee heritage and I live on land that I own in north Georgia once inhabited by a Cherokee village or hunting camp. I take great pride my Cherokee heritage.

Elsie Vance Chestuen - Chiricahua Apache ༺ ♠ ༻*ŦƶȠ*༺ ♠ ༻

:::::::::: Antique Photograph ::::::::::: Native American Chiricahua Apache woman Elsie Vance Chestuen at Fort Sill.

anthony luke's not-just-another-photoblog Blog: Fascinating 19th Century Portraits of Native American Indians ~ By Photographer Frank A. Rinehart

Outstanding Portrait of the great Chief American Horse, Sioux by F. (Antique photo of Native American)

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