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Feb/11/2010 - Feb/11/2010
Location: Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians will present an illustrated talk by Dr. Brad R. Lieb entitled “The Natchez Indian Refuge Among the Chickasaws” in the museum auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2010.

Admission is free and seating is limited.

The Chickasaw tribe, whose villages were in present-day Lee and Pontotoc counties, allowed a large number of Natchez Indians to settle with them after the Natchez war with the French in 1729-1731. For the Chickasaw chiefs, this was a very controversial decision because they knew that the presence of the Natchez refugees would almost certainly invite an attack by Governor Bienville and combined French and Indian forces. Lieb’s study of the Chickasaw villages makes use of recent archaeological findings and historical documentation and maps to reveal the location of the Natchez settlement and to shed light on this little known period in Natchez Indian history.

Brad Lieb is Special Assistant in Cultural Affairs under the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of History and Culture. A native of Ridgeland, Mississippi, Lieb began working for the Chickasaw Nation in 2009. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Alabama in 2008 with a dissertation on the Natchez Indian alliance with the Chickasaws. Prior to that, he received his M.A. in anthropology from the University of Alabama and he graduated with honors from Mississippi State University. He has received numerous awards for his work on the Natchez Indians after they left the Natchez area and is currently serving as president of the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists. He has also held offices with the Mississippi Archaeological Association and the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.

We urge everyone to come and bring a friend (or two). This will be an informative and entertaining talk.

Light refreshments will be served.

Call 601-446-6502 for more information.

Contact: Jim Barnett
Phone: 601-446-6502

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