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  • Aestheticizing a Political Debate: Can the Creek Confederacy Be Sung Back Together?

    Craig Womack, Emory University

    20 November 2007

    Speaking at Emory University on April 13, 2007, Dr. Womack explores the complex historical relationship between African Americans and the Creek Confederacy through a close reading of two short stories by Creek author Alexander Posey: "Uncle Dick and Uncle Will" (1894) and "Uncle Dick's Sow" (1900).

    Aestheticizing a Political Debate: Can the Creek Confederacy Be Sung Back Together?

    Use the scroller to the right of the playlist to watch all three parts of the talk.

    About Craig Womack

    Dr. Craig Womack is an Oklahoma Creek-Cherokee Native American literary scholar, writer, and teacher. He received an MA in English from South Dakota State University in 1991, and his PhD from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. He is the author of Red on Red: Native American Literary Separatism (1999), Drowning in Fire (2001), and Reflections on Aesthetics (2008). He is co-author of American Indian Literary Nationalism (2007) and Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (2008). At the time of this lecture, Prof. Womack taught Native American literatures and gay and lesbian literatures at the University of Oklahoma. He joined the English Department of Emory University in the fall of 2007.

    For another video lecture by Womack, visit "Baptists and Witches: Multiple Jurisdictions in a Muskogee Creek Story." 

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    Recommended Resources


    2005 Womack Interview with Blogcritics Magazine

    Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation

    Creek Indians: North Georgia History

    H-AmIndian Literature Links

    Muscogee Creek Nation — General History

    Womack, Craig. "Baptists and Witches: Multiple Jurisdictions in a Muskogee Creek Story," Southern Spaces, 17 July 2007,

    Print Materials

    Chaudhuri, Jean and Joyotpaul Chaudhuri. A Sacred Path: The Way of the Muscogee Creeks. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, 2001.

    Dempsey, Mary A. "The Indian Connection: African American and Native American Racial Mixing." American Visions 11.4 (August-September 1996).

    Henry, Michelle. "Canonizing Craig Womack: Finding Native Literature's Place in Indian Country." American Indian Quarterly 28.1&2 (2004): 30-51.

    May, Katja. African Americans and Native Americans in the Cherokee and Creek Nations, 1830s-1920s: Collision and Collusion. New York: Routledge, 1996.

    Posey, Alexander. Chinubbie and the Owl: Muscogee (Creek) Stories, Orations, and Oral Traditions. Edited by Matthew Wynn Sivils. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.

    Saunt, Claudio. A New Order of Things: Property, Power, and the Tranformation of the Creek Indians, 1733-1816. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

    Saunt, Claudio. "Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family. New York: Oxford, University Press, 2005.

    Womack, Craig. Red on Red: Native American Literary Separatism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

    Womack, Craig. "Hici: Great-Aunt Lucy, Oklahoma, 1964." Native American Literatures 17.1 (Winter 1994): 122-125.

    Womack, Craig. Drowning in Fire. Tuscon, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2001.

    Womack, Craig and Jace Weaver, Robert Warrior. American Indian Literary Nationalism. Albuquerque NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2007.


    Ritchie, Chip. Black Indians: An American Story. Rich-Heape Films, 2000.

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