INDIAN CREEK VILLAGE

THE INDIAN CREEK VILLAGE

FROM BEFORE THE 1600’s TO THE EARLY 1800’s

 

 

           In Alabama you will find the Pea River, the largest tributary of the Choctawhatchee

       is formed in Bullock County, in the 1700’s it was all part of what is today called Barbour

       County and which also took in all of Russell County. Today they make up 3 counties. I was

       born in Barbour County Alabama, as was my father and his father’s before him. Back to the

       river; it runs southeast of Union Spring and then flows generally southwest for about 128 miles                      to join the Choctawhatchee  near the city of Genevain Geneva Countya short distance north of the

       Florida line. The Pea River subwatershed encompasses 1,542 square miles and sits just

       west of the Choctawhatchee mainstream. It flows 68 miles to Elba, then south for about

       30 miles to the west of Samson, then gradually turns east and dips slightly into Florida

       before joining the Choctawhatchee Riverat mile 91.7 south of Geneva. Ninety Three percent

       (93%) of the subbasin in Alabama and seven percent (7%) in Florida.

            Fisheries of the Pea River were assessed by Scott Mettee in 1970. He found that 47 species

       of the total 129 species are in the Choctawhatchee basin. The Pea River is the only

      habitat for the green sunfish in the basin.

             If you moved south from Horseshoe Bend you would have come to the village of

      Eufaula, and not too far from there you would have come to the Indian Creek Village. 

            Our Village was near where you enter the Little Indian Creek and the Big Sandy

      Creek, there are many tributaries nearby which are Beaver Dam, Big Creek, Bluff Creek,

      Bowden Mill Creek, Buckhorn Creek, Bucks Mill Creek, Eight mile Creek, Flat Creek,

      Hays Creek, Holly Mills Creek, Little Indian Creek, Mims Creek, Pages Creek, Panther Creek,

      Pea Creek, Perote Creek, Richland Creek, Sand Creek, Silers Creek, Stinking Creek, Walnut Creek,

      Whitewater Creek and Big Sandy Creek.

            Our Forefather’s chose this place because it was a way to get from one place to another

       by water, plus the creeks supply fish and wildlife for our people, and the forest gave us

       trees for our lodges. Being located between two creeks made it easy to defend if we were

       under attack by those who would hunt or destroy us with violence.

           I lived there for 11 years when I was very young, I love it, and there has never been any place

       like it. Great fishing and hunting, the air was clean and fresh and the birds would sing,

       but now it is only a dream of the past. That was what Indian Creek Village was like a long

       time ago. I will soon turn 70 years old, and all that is left is a vision from long ago.

 

                                    Wado

                   

       Principal Chief James Billy Chance                          

       INDIAN CREEK TRIBE CHICKAMAUGA CREEK & CHEROKEE NATION INC.


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