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* “People of the One Fire”: Alabama’s Creek Indians

LOWER MUSCOGEE CREEK INDIANS

YUFALA “STAR” CLAN
of
LOWER MUSCOGEE CREEK INDIANS

Preserving Our Native American
Heritage through Education and Cultural
Experience

“People of the One Fire”:
Alabama’s Creek Indians

The Creeks were the largest, most important Indian group living in Alabama. They called themselves “People of the One Fire”. The English traders called them “Creeks” because their villages were built primarily along creeks and rivers. In the early days, most of the Creek villages were in Georgia. However, with the arrival of the English colonists in 1730, the majority of the Creek nation was forced to join their relatives who had taken residence in the “western wilderness” which would eventually become known as “Alabama”. The name “Alabama” was taken from the “Alibamos” Indians, the first Creek tribe to populate the region.

The scattered Creek villages were united in a loose “Confederacy”. Each village was independent and made its own decisions. However, in times of war many villages united to defeat a common enemy. Those who chose to fight called “Red Villages”, and those who decided not to engage in war were known as “White Villages”.

The “Mico” or Chief was the most important person in the village. While many villages classified all of their Tribal Council as “Lower Chiefs”, the “Mico” was known as “The Greatly Honored Man”. He vowed to fight only for a just cause, and looked after the daily needs of his people. Indian society took care of widows, orphans, and needy. The village Elders were held in a place of honor, and advised the Council on all important Tribal matters. Village Chiefs would meet together in council at least once a year. These annual meetings were held in Elmore County, Alabama(…)

Today’s Yufala “Star” Clan

Today, the Yufala “Star” Clan of Lower Muscogee Creek Indians continues to promote the traditions of our ancestors by promoting peace and understanding of the Native American lifestyle through continuing education.

In addition to the largest Indian Education program in the State of Alabama, we have several “on-going” projects, which serve to preserve our Native American heritage, and provide a positive influence in our surrounding communities.

As we approach the Twenty-first Century, the Yufala “Star” Clan is dedicated to making the dream of a Tribal Reservation a reality. The acquisition of Tribal lands will enable the Star Clan to expand its educational base, providing areas for an authentic “Living” Creek Indian village, a central meeting hall and museum, and a dedicated wildlife preservation area. Long-range goals include the construction of an “Outdoor Classroom” and on-site camping facilities.

The Yufala “Star” Clan holds regular monthly meetings in Pike County Alabama (Troy), designed to provide cultural and educational opportunities for all of our people. Cultural activities are highlighted each year with the observance of the following Native American activities: Green Corn/Homecoming Festival and
Annual Tribal Pow-Wow

The Yufala “Star” Clan is a non-profit organization, and one of nine State recognized Indian Tribes. For additional information, please feel free to contact us at the following address:

The Yufala “Star” Clan of Lower Muscogee Creek Indians
242 County Road 2254
Troy, Alabama 36079

E-MAIL:  osahwv@charter.net

3 Responses to "* “People of the One Fire”: Alabama’s Creek Indians"

I am interested in getting some information to share at a cultural awareness fair next week. I am also Alabama born and am of Creek decent. I would like to find out more about my heritage. But for right now any information about the Lower Creeks and their flag is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

i am reserching my native background and am having trouble i know that my relitives came in the trail of tears to alabama and possibly part of the star clan of muskogee creeks does anyone have any suggestions on how to proceed i am very proud of my heritage and i would like pass information to my grandchildren

When your seach for docs for establishing CreeK ancestry. Stops and am at dead end after five years of research. What must one due when lack records of something in a time and place rarely keep or never came forward for fear of removal. What option does one have to ever gain tribal and state acceptance.

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