George Stiggins, a Creek Indian half blood living in Alabama, wrote this history more than 150 years ago. Raised in the white culture by his father, an English trader, Stiggins nevertheless lived in close contact with the Creeks because his mother was a full blood of the Natchez tribe, part of the Creek Confederacy. Stiggins writes with firsthand knowledge of the tribes in the central southeast - the Alabamas, Natchez, Abekas, Uchees, and others. He tells of their origins, their towns and chiefs, and their way of life. He traces critical events leading to the Creek War - the battles of Burnt Corn and Fort Mims - and details the roles of the Indian leaders involved. In ""Tecumseh and the Age of Prophecy,"" he describes the powerful influence of prophets, such as Josiah Francis and Jim Boy, who incited the Creeks to civil war as the confederacy split into war and peace factions. Stiggins's account of William Weatherford's controversial role in the Creek War has speical value because Weatherford was Stiggins's brother-in-law. His descriptions of religious and social aspects of the Creek lifeways make this work prime source material. William Wyman's notes and introduction put the Stiggins account into historical perspective and trace its circuitous route to publication. First issued in 1989, Creek Indian History has become an important primary document for the study of Native American history and culture.
George Stiggins wrote this valuable account between 1835 and 1843. William Stokes Wyman was a professor at The University of Alabama and the foremost authority on the state's Indians in the latter half of the 19th century. Virginia Pounds Brown has coauthored or written several books about southern Indians, including The World of the Southern Indians and Southern Indian Myths and Legends.