From Chicaza to Chickasaw

The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715

By Robbie Ethridge

360 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 halftones, 9 maps, 2 tables, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7169-0
    Published: February 2013
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-9933-5
    Published: December 2010
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-7969-1
    Published: December 2010

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Awards & distinctions

2011 James Mooney Award, Southern Anthropological Society

In this sweeping regional history, anthropologist Robbie Ethridge traces the metamorphosis of the Native South from first contact in 1540 to the dawn of the eighteenth century, when indigenous people no longer lived in a purely Indian world but rather on the edge of an expanding European empire. Using a framework that Ethridge calls the "Mississippian shatter zone" to explicate these tumultuous times, From Chicaza to Chickasaw examines the European invasion, the collapse of the precontact Mississippian world, and the restructuring of discrete chiefdoms into coalescent Native societies in a colonial world. The story of one group--the Chickasaws--is closely followed through this period.

About the Author

Robbie Ethridge is professor of anthropology at the University of Mississippi.
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"For those interested in the specific path by which the tribal Chickasaw entity arose, this volume is invaluable. . . . Recommended. Graduate students, faculty."--Choice

"A scholarly and recommended read . . . a strong addition for historical collections with a focus on the discovery of the new world."--The Midwest Book Review

"[A] sweeping regional history. . . . With skillfully synthesized archaeological and documentary evidence, Ethridge illuminates the Native South in its earliest colonial context and sheds new light on the profound upheaval and cultural transformation experienced by the region's first people."--Lone Star Book Review

"With skillfully synthesized archeological and documentary evidence, Ethridge illuminates the Native South in its earliest colonial context."--Lone Star Book Review

"Robbie Ethridge has done a service in compiling and synthesizing all the new work into one much-needed volume. . . . A must-read for students of both Native-American and southern history."--Journal of American History

"A necessary purchase for archeologists and historians."--Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians