By Joshua Piker
A piece of unique scholarship and compelling sweep, Okfuskee is a community-centered Indian background with an explicitly comparativist time table. Joshua Piker makes use of the historical past of Okfuskee, an eighteenth-century Creek city, to reframe general narratives of either local and American studies. This special, distinct standpoint on neighborhood lifestyles in a local society permits us to really comprehend either the pervasiveness of colonialism's effect and the inventiveness of local responses. whilst, via evaluating the Okfuskees' reports to these in their contemporaries in colonial British the USA, the publication presents a nuanced dialogue of the ways that local and Euro-American histories intersected with, and diverged from, one another. Piker examines the diplomatic ties that built among the Okfuskees and their British associates; the commercial implications of the Okfuskees' transferring international view; the combination of British investors into town; and the transferring gender and generational relationships in the neighborhood. through either offering an in-depth research of a colonial-era Indian city in Indian nation and putting the Okfuskees in the techniques significant to early American historical past, Piker deals a local heritage with very important implications for American background. (20050401)
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The British were a good catch, so the Okfuskees overlooked their faux pas; but, for Cossitee and his fellow Okfuskees, a little judicious worrying was certainly in order. In the final analysis, of course, these two points represent circumstantial evidence. ” Whether or not this was Cossitee is impossible to know. It is certain, however, that the appearance of the title “Fannemiche” in connection with Okfuskee was no accident. 19 Okfuskee and the British, 1708–1745 25 Whether one Okfuskee or several bore the title of Fanni Mico, the townspeople’s actions in the 1720s make it clear that the honorific had implications for the community as a whole.
The kinship ties embodied by Fanni Mico allowed him to present the proper symbols and talks to each party, and he was uniquely qualified to represent the concerns of each side to the other. From an Okfuskee perspective, however, fulfilling this role implied both responsibilities and rights. Being Fanni Mico, or the hometown of Fanni Mico, conferred certain privileges; the Okfuskees expected not only respectful treatment but also the material and social rewards that accompanied kinship. As Nairne put it, “they who chuse [Fanni Mico] .
25 By 1727, as South Carolina grew increasingly worried about Lower Creek participation in Yamasee raids on British settlements, the Upper Creeks—if not the Lower—seem to have accepted Okfuskee’s place at the center of negotiations to resolve the crisis. ”26 Representing their Creek neighbors’ concerns to the British, in fact, allowed the Okfuskees to assert their importance while simultaneously fulfilling Fanni Mico’s responsibilities. ” He then assured Fitch that they had already paid for the stolen slaves, and he concluded by laying out the conditions under which the Creeks would make peace with the Cherokees.
Okfuskee: A Creek Indian Town in Colonial America by Joshua Piker