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Ethnic Heritage in MississippiThe Twentieth Century$
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Shana Walton and Barbara Carpenter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032622

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032622.001.0001

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“Chahta Siyah Ókih”

“Chahta Siyah Ókih”

Ethnicity in the Oral Tradition of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

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Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi

Tom Mould

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the Choctaw’s use of storytelling and types of stories to maintain a distinct identity in a black-white world. It describes the major narrative genres—origin myths, prophecies, historical legends, and shukha anumpa, or humorous tales—which illustrate how tribal members themselves have conceived of Choctaw ethnicity. It then looks beyond the oral tradition to how identity is expressed in daily life.

Keywords:   American Indians, tribes, ethnic groups, ethnic identity, narratives, origin myths, historical legends, humorous tales

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