"A rich pictorial profile of the twentieth-century Chickasaw
When Oklahoma achieved statehood in 1907, the U.S. government
declared Chickasaw titles to tribal lands null and void. The
Chickasaw Nation was, in effect, legally abolished. Yet for the
next sixty years, the Chickasaws struggled to regain their
sovereign identity, and eventually, in 1970, Congress enacted
legislation allowing the Five Tribes, including the Chickasaws, to
elect their own governing officers. In 1983, the Chickasaws adopted
a new constitution for their nation.
In "Chickasaw Renaissance," Phillip Carroll Morgan profiles the
experiences of the Chickasaw people during this tumultuous period
in their history, from the dissolution of their government to the
resurgence of their nation. A sequel to the award-winning book
"Chickasaw: Unconquered and Unconquerable," this equally beautiful
volume features more than 100 new images by celebrated Oklahoma
photographer David G. Fitzgerald. His stunning portraits of tribal
elders and numerous other subjects are supplemented by historical
photographs from the Chickasaw Nation archives.
To construct his narrative, Morgan drew on the extensive
research of a team of scholars, who interviewed Chickasaw elders
and provided valuable information from tribal archives. The result
is an enlightening exploration of the impact of changing federal
policies on the Chickasaws and other Native tribes of Oklahoma, and
a tribute to the resilience of these peoples as they grappled with
the major events of the twentieth century.
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