Red Eagle's Children: <i>Weatherford Vs. Weatherford Et Al. </i>

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J. Anthony Paredes, Judith Knight
University of Alabama Press, Oct 16, 2012 - History - 219 pages
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Red Eagle’s Children presents the legal proceedings in an inheritance dispute that serves as an unexpected window on the intersection of two cultural and legal systems: Creek Indian and Euro-American.

Case 1299: Weatherford vs. Weatherford et al. appeared in the Chancery Court of Mobile in 1846 when William “Red Eagle” Weatherford’s son by the Indian woman Supalamy sued his half siblings fathered by Weatherford with two other Creek women, Polly Moniac and Mary Stiggins, for a greater share of Weatherford’s estate. While the court recognized William Jr. as the son of William Sr., he nevertheless lost his petition for inheritance due to the lack of legal evidence concerning the marriage of his biological mother to William Sr. The case, which went to the Alabama Supreme Court in 1851, provides a record of an attempt to interrelate and, perhaps, manipulate differences in cultures as they played out within the ritualized, arcane world of antebellum Alabama jurisprudence.
  Although the case has value in the classic mold of salvage ethnography of Creek Indian culture, Red Eagle’s Children, edited by J. Anthony Paredes and Judith Knight, shows that its more enduring value lies in being a source for historical ethnography—that is, for anthropological analyses of cultural dynamics of the past
events that complement the narratives of professional historians.
  Contributors
David I. Durham / Robbie Ethridge / Judith
Knight / J. Anthony Paredes / Paul M. Pruitt
Jr. / Nina Gail Thrower / Robert Thrower /
Gregory A. Waselkov
 
 

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Contents

Introduction J Anthony Paredes
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1 A Brief Sketch of Creek Country in the Early Nineteenth Century Robbie Ethridge
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2 Formation of the Tensaw Community Gregory A Waselkov
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3 Early Alabama Law and Chancery Practice David I Durham and Paul M Pruitt Jr
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Weatherford vs Weatherford et al Judith Knight
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5 A Modern Creek Indian Reflection on Weatherford vs Weatherford et al Nina Gail Thrower recorded and transcribed by Robert Thrower
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Reproduction of Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Alabama during January Term and a Part of June Term 1852 Re...
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References
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List of Contributors
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Index
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Copyright

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J. Anthony Paredes is a professor emeritus of anthropology at Florida State University and is the founding series editor of the Contemporary American Indian Series at The University of Alabama Press. He is the coeditor of Anthropologists and Indians in the New South and Classics of Practicing Anthropology: 1978-1998, among other books.


Judith Knight is retired from The University of Alabama, where she worked at the Alabama Museum of Natural History for six years and at The University of Alabama Press for another twenty-five years, primarily as a senior acquisitions editor specializing in anthropology, archaeology, and ethnohistory.


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