The Natchez, 1840

Mss.970.3.N19

Date: 1840 | Size: 1 Volumes, 1 volume, 136 p.

Abstract

In the hand of an unknown author, this is a history of the Natchez Indians written at Natchez in November 1840.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 136 p.

Provenance

Purchased from bookseller William H. Allen ($25.00) and accessioned, 10/12/1976 (1976 1561ms).

Early American History Note

This fascinating account of the Natchez was written in 1840 and appears to convey oral history of the time. The author begins by stating "it was with extreme difficulty we succeeded in procuring the information." The document is approximately 135 pages long and touches on the Natchez history and their "manners, customs, [and] traditions." The focus of the document is on their history, however, and much of the content was relayed to the author orally by the Natchez. There is an extended discussion of their beliefs and practices. The document contains biographical data on prominent members of the Natchez and other native peoples, such as Pushmataha.

Indexing Terms


Genre(s)

  • Manuscript Essays
  • Native American Materials

Subject(s)

  • Indians of North America
  • Natchez Indians -- History
  • Native America
  • Religion