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Information About the Piqua Shawnee Tribe

Currently, there are nine tribes that are recognized by the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission. Within these nine tribes, the Piqua Shawnee tribe exists. As of now, there is evidence that this tribe has existed in Alabama all the way back to the late 17th century. Many people in this area have likely heard of this tribe before. This article is going to teach you more about the history of the Piqua Shawnee tribe and how they have impacted the area they inhabit.

When it first started out, the Shawnee tribe was around the area that Indiana and Ohio are currently in place within our United States. The Piqua portion was one out of the five divisions of the tribe and it was named for the legend of an evil man that was sent back from the dead to be in charge of a group of the Shawnee people so that they could walk in harmony. Coming out of their fire through their smoke, this man would appear in front of the Shawnee people as a man that came back from being dead.

After a period of time, the tribe was forced to go to a new area because of the other tribes within the area that wanted to have their property and their possessions. Some of the members of the tribe that scattered were able to land in the current state of Alabama. In this new area, the Piqua Shawnee were able to live among many of the other tribes that were already there. Many of the traders that came through this area assumed they were all one big tribe because of how they did get along. There were many wars that happened in the next few centuries and during this time, there were many different people that wanted to find refuge from the wars and decided to go to the Shawnee Picqua tribe in the south due to their resources. As time went on, this tribe grew and grew.

There are historians that believe that the Shawnee people have lived in the same area in Alabama for a longer period of time than any other area in the country. Many archaeologists that have studied this tribe believe that there is evidence to show this tribe lived in this same area since around the late 1600s.

In today’s world, many people are ancestors of this tribe and many of them still happen to live in Alabama. A lot of the families that did not stay in Alabama left because of the different types of policies that the Andrew Jackson administration put into place. A lot of information has been lost on this tribe because of this, but there is still plenty to learn.

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