By Alexander Lawrence Posey, Matthew Wynn Sivils
Although he died on the age of thirty-four, the Muscogee (Creek) poet, journalist, and stand-up comedian Alexander Posey (1873–1908) was once the most prolific and influential American Indian writers of his time. This quantity of 9 tales, 5 orations, and 9 works of oral culture is the 1st to assemble those unique and significant works of Muscogee literature. lots of Posey’s tales replicate trickster subject matters; his orations show either his rhetorical prowess and his political stance as a “Progressive” Muscogee; and his works of oral culture display his deep cultural roots. almost all these items, which first seemed among 1892 and 1907 in Indian Territory newspapers and magazines, have for the reason that develop into rarities, the various unique items surviving merely as unmarried clippings in a number of archives. While Muscogee oral culture tremendously prompted Posey’s prose, his paintings was once additionally infused with the Euro-American affects that shaped a lot of his literary schooling. As this assortment demonstrates, Posey used his wisdom of Euro-American literature and background to assist write works that championed his personal humans at a time of profound oppression by the hands of the U.S. executive. Posey’s brilliant literary sort merges wealthy neighborhood humor with Muscogee oral culture in a fashion that makes him a distinct determine in American Indian literature and politics. Chinnubbie and the Owl brings those works of serious literary, cultural, and ancient price to a brand new new release of readers.
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5. A“breechclout”is a loincloth. See Michael D. Green, The Creeks, 78–79. 6. Probably a reference to Posey’s story “Chinnubbie and the Owl,” collected here. 7. U. Instructor. No copy of this story is known. 822 ——— Normal P PgEnds: T , (6) 46 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Indian Anecdotes There was once upon a time, just after the war, a Creek legislator, who had no control over his appetite for strong drink. He had, however, never cleared his throat with ginger.
59 With Oklahoma statehood in 1907, the work of the Dawes Commission ended, and Posey, for reasons that remain unresolved, went to work as a real estate agent. After this period of involvement in land speculation, Posey repurchased the Indian Journal in April 1908 and returned to his work as editor. Unfortunately Posey’s promising literary future was never realized. On May 27, 1908, he drowned attempting to cross the Canadian, or Oktahutche, River. Womack writes that some Muscogees believe “Posey was drowned by TieSnake, swallowed up by the very river he loved” as punishment for his participation as a real estate agent in the sale of Muscogee land.
The uncles in question were two of the oldest citizens of this neighborhood, but still possessed much of the vim and vigor of early manhood, Uncle Dick in particular. Nature had blessed him with a tall, lank, somewhat inharmonious and arching stature, together with an inexhaustible supply of humor and a strong propensity for idle talk. As one of the results of his loquacity, he bore something more than a local repute as a man whose words one would skim in vain for the cream of truth. Indeed he was the incarnation of the ingenuity that fashions specious tales.