Creek Indians

The Creek Indians originated in the southeastern portion of the United States. They are also known by the name “Muscogee” and this is the name they use to refer to themselves today. The Creek Indians are closely related to the Seminole Indians.

It is said that the Creeks descended from the “mound builders” of Mississippi. The Creek Indians were a fairly loose group and never did form one single tribe. The Creek Indians lived in their own groups throughout Georgia and Alabama and each had their own language. The Indians that lived along the Okmulgee River were dubbed “Creek Indians: by traders and the name was then applied to all of the Indians living in that region. This would explain why the Creek Indians prefer to go by their original name, Muscogee, as it differentiates them from other Indian tribes.

The Creeks were undecided about whose side to take in the American Revolutionary War. The “Upper Creek Indians” decided to ally themselves with the British, while the “Lower Creeks” chose to remain neutral.

The Creek War -- which started as a civil war among the different Creek tribes -- soon became entangled with the War of 1812. The Creek War of 1813-1814 became known as the Red Stick War. The term “red sticks” was given to the Upper Creek Indians who fought to resist settlement by the whites. The Lower Creek Indians became allies with the American settlers and fought violently against the Upper Creek Indians.

In 1813 the Upper Creek Indians fought against Americans and their Indian brothers and massacre ensued. The Red Sticks had killed nearly 250 people and took over the fort. In 1814 the Red Sticks were defeated by General Andrew Jackson’s militia. Later that year, the Creeks were forced to sign a treaty which gave their land to the United States. Sadly, even the Lower Creek Indians who had fought with Jackson were blamed for allowing their “brothers” to rise up against the United States.

Joseph Paige 2006

Native American
Native Americans
Native Americans 2
Native American Ancestry
Native American Art
Native American Art 2
Native American Art Gallery
Native American Artifacts
Native American Artists
Native American Beadwork
Native American Blankets
Native American Books
Native American Bracelets
Native American Ceramics
Native American Church
Native American Clothing
Native American Clothing 2
Native American Clothes
Native American Coins
Native American Crafts
Native American Culture
Native American DNA
Native American Dance
Native American Dance 2
Native American Dating
Native American Demographics
Native American Dolls
Native American Drawings
Native American Dream Catcher
Native American Drums
Native American Drums 2
Native American Earrings
Native American Figurines
Native American Films
Native American Flute
Native American Flute 2
Native American Food
Native American Food 2
Native American Games
Native American Genealogy
Native American Genetics
Native American Gifts
Native American Healing
Native American Headdress
Native American Heritage Month
Native American History
Native American Indian Jewelry
Native American Indians
Native American Indians 2
Native American Jewellery
Native American Jewelry
Native American Jewelry 2
Native American Law
Native American Life
Native American Market
Native American Masks
Native American Medicine
Native American Medicine Wheel
Native American Moccasins
Native American Money
Native American Month
Native American Music
Native American Music 2
Native American Names
Native American Navajo
Native American Necklace
Native American Paintings
Native American Peace Pipe
Native American Poetry
Native American Poetry 2
Native American Portraits
Native American Pottery
Native American Pottery 2
Native American Pow Wow
Native American Pow Wow 2
Native American Products
Native American Rattles
Native American Recipes
Native American Religion
Native American Rights
Native American Rings
Native American Rugs
Native American Sand Painting
Native American Sculptures
Native American Spears
Native American Spirituality
Native American Stories
Native American Tomahawks
Native American Totem Pole
Native American Totem Poles
Native American Tattoos
Native American Tattoos 2
Native American Tattoos 3
Native American Tribe
Native American Tribes
Native American Tribes 2
Native American Tribes 3
Native American Videos
Native American Wolf
Native American Words
Native American Women
Northwest Native American Art