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
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
the Choctawhatchee Riverat mile 91.7 south of Geneva. Ninety
(93%) of the subbasin
in Alabama and seven percent (7%)
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.
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.
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,
Creek, Buckhorn Creek, Bucks Mill Creek, Eight mile Creek, Flat Creek,
Holly Mills Creek, Little Indian Creek, Mims Creek, Pages Creek, Panther Creek,
Perote Creek, Richland Creek, Sand Creek, Silers Creek, Stinking Creek, Walnut
and Big Sandy Creek.
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
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.
Principal Chief James Billy Chance
INDIAN CREEK TRIBE CHICKAMAUGA
CREEK & CHEROKEE NATION INC.
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