Christianity and tribal tradition blend in Muskogee Indian culture.
On Saturday, August 24, Dr. Peggy Venable of
The day began with recordings of traditional Native American music. Venable sang along in muted undertones as the crowd took their seats.
Venable, who is a staff member at the
“They took us in,” she said. “We were the first Indian people to get a Bible in our own language.”
She said the tribes were largely disbanded and only in 1981 did the
Within their traditional culture, the
She said 55 tribes speaking many languages formed a loose confederacy of towns each with a population of about 125 people.
“I’m not sure where we came from but we’re here and that’s what matters,” she said.
Unlike the popular image of Native Americans who rode ponies and lives in teepees, she said the
“We had a really big history in this area,” said Venable. “There were 10 towns in the area of
She said she believes there are many residents in
During Saturday’s beginners’ class, Venable briefly discussed
Tanya and Joseph James and Sondra Powell organized the seminar.