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Natchez Indians interaction with European colonists

Describe what is known of the tribe's pre-Columbian history including settlement dates and any known cultural details.

The ancestors of the Natchez are believed to be a culture known as the Plaquemine. They are believed to have inhabited the area of the Natchez bluffs as early as the year 700. The Natchez Bluffs are located along the eastern banks of the Mississippi River in the modern day state of Mississippi. By the year 1700 the Natchez tribe occupied the area corresponding to the northern half of modern day Adams County, Mississippi. The Natchez tribal sites are notable for their large platform mounds.
The French record some cultural details dating from the 1700's. The Natchez were ruled by two brothers known as the Great Sun and the Tattooed Serpent. The Great Sun presided over civil affairs and the Tattooed Serpent oversaw issues related to political issues. The French record that the Natchez practiced human sacrifice whenever a chief died. This could be the head chief or a lesser chief. The chief's wives were expected to commit suicide so they could join him in the afterlife. The French record that at the death of a chief in 1725 both of his wives, his best warrior and numerous other people chose to follow him to the afterlife by committing suicide. Mothers unrelated to the chief sometimes chose to sacrifice their children at these ceremonies. This brought great honor to the mother

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Natchez Indians

Describe what is known of the tribe's pre-Columbian history including settlement dates and any known cultural details.

The ancestors of the Natchez are believed to be a culture known as the Plaquemine. They are believed to have inhabited the area of the Natchez bluffs as early as the year 700. The Natchez Bluffs are located along the eastern banks of the Mississippi River in the modern day state of Mississippi. By the year 1700 the Natchez tribe occupied the area corresponding to the northern half of modern day Adams County, Mississippi. The Natchez tribal sites are notable for their large platform mounds.
The French record some cultural details dating from the 1700's. The Natchez were ruled by two brothers known as the Great Sun and the Tattooed Serpent. The Great Sun presided over civil affairs and the Tattooed Serpent oversaw issues related to political issues. The French record that the ...

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This is a discussion of the Natchez Indians and their interactions with European colonists. Also discussed is the evolution of Natchez culture from the pre-columbian era to the post-colonial era. Nearly 600 words of original text.

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