Who Are The Piqua Shawnee Tribe?
The Alabama Indian Affairs Commission recognized nine different indigenous tribes as of right now. The Piqua Shawnee tribe is one of these nine tribes. As of now, there is evidence that this tribe has existed in Alabama all the way back to the late 17th century. The people that live around where this tribe has been located have definitely been able to learn more about this tribe because they are a big tribe there. This article is going to help you learn more about what the Piqua Shawnee tribe has done and how they have come to exist as they are today.
Originally, the Shawnee tribe was centered in Indiana and Ohio that exists today. The Piqua portion was one out of the five divisions of the tribe and it was named for the legend of an evil man that was sent back from the dead to be in charge of a group of the Shawnee people so that they could walk in harmony. Coming out of their fire through their smoke, this man would appear in front of the Shawnee people as a man that came back from being dead.
After a period of time, the tribe was forced to go to a new area because of the other tribes within the area that wanted to have their property and their possessions. Some of the members of the tribe that scattered were able to land in the current state of Alabama. In this new area, the Piqua Shawnee were able to live among many of the other tribes that were already there. Many of the traders that came through this area assumed they were all one big tribe because of how they did get along. There were many wars that happened in the next few centuries and during this time, there were many different people that wanted to find refuge from the wars and decided to go to the Shawnee Picqua tribe in the south due to their resources. This tribe continued to get larger as the years passed.
Many historians that have studied this tribe believe they have inhabited Alabama for a longer period of time than any other part of the nation. Some of the archaeologists think that the evidence dates back to somewhere around 1685.
In today’s world, many people are ancestors of this tribe and many of them still happen to live in Alabama. A lot of the families that did not stay in Alabama left because of the different types of policies that the Andrew Jackson administration put into place. While information on the Piqua Shawnee tribe is still available, there is a lot of information that was lost due to the many people that had to leave.