What Should I Know About the Piqua Shawnee Tribe?
The Alabama Indian Affairs Commission recognized nine different indigenous tribes as of right now. One of these nine tribes is the Piqua Shawnee tribe. As of now, there is evidence that this tribe has existed in Alabama all the way back to the late 17th century. Many people in this area have likely heard of this tribe before. This article is going to teach you more about the history of the Piqua Shawnee tribe and how they have impacted the area they inhabit.
The Shawnee tribe was originally from the same area that Indiana and Ohio exist today. The Piqua section of the Shawnee tribe was one of five divisions and this specific division was named because of the legend of an evil man that died and came back to help a group of Shawnee members walk in harmony together. This man that came back from the dead will appear in front of a group of these people in a cloud of smoke that came from their fire.
After a period of time, the tribe was forced to go to a new area because of the other tribes within the area that wanted to have their property and their possessions. Although not all of the members of the Piqua tribe were able to survive, some of them ended up in what we call Alabama, meaning they migrated very far south to get away from the violence. The Piqua Shawnee were able to learn how to live with all of the other tribes that were already located in this area once they got there. Many of the traders that came through this area assumed they were all one big tribe because of how they did get along. There were many wars that happened in the next few centuries and during this time, there were many different people that wanted to find refuge from the wars and decided to go to the Shawnee Picqua tribe in the south due to their resources. As years went by, the Shawnee Picqua tribe started to grow more and more and gain more members than ever before.
Some of the historians think that the people in the Shawnee tribe have possibly lived in Alabama longer than any other place. There is evidence that archaeologists have found that show evidence proving the idea that the Shawnee tribe lived in this area since the late 1600s, which is quite a long time and longer than many other tribes.
In today’s world, many people are ancestors of this tribe and many of them still happen to live in Alabama. A lot of the families that did not stay in Alabama left because of the different types of policies that the Andrew Jackson administration put into place. While information on the Piqua Shawnee tribe is still available, there is a lot of information that was lost due to the many people that had to leave.