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Local Native American Author to Visit Calhoun County Library August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th 2017
H.C. Scott Sewell will be presenting on the legal and social history of the areas Native American communities and signing books he has authored, as well as assisting those seeking to document their Indian ancestry from the area, during the month of August on Monday nights from 530 to 730 pm central time at the Blountstown Library. He has written several books on subjects related to the areas rich Native American heritage and currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Apalachicola River Community of Indians Tribal Organization (ARCITO). His works are available on Amazon, and local libraries and historical societies and some will be available at the events.
The Indians of North Florida: From Carolina to Florida, the Story of the Survival of a Distinct American Indian Community (2011) in the early 1800s, dozens of Siouan-speaking Cheraw families, including Catawbas and Lumbee’s, fled war and oppression in the Carolinas and migrated to Florida, just as native Apalachicola Creeks were migrating away. Being neither Black nor White, the Cheraw descendants were persecuted by the harsh “racial” dichotomy of the Jim Crow era and almost forgot their proud heritage. Today they have rediscovered their past. This is their story.
Belles of the Creek Nation (2015) Belles of The Creek Nation is an innovative and modern perspective investigating the problematic linkages between preservation of cultural heritage, maintaining cultural diversity, defining and establishing cultural citizenship, and ancient tribal rite of passage. It follows the descendants of the Hill family in both Florida and Oklahoma.
The Cherokee Paradox: Unexpected Ancestry at the Crossroads of Identity and Genetics (2016) Genetics has brought to light in stunning detail the origins, continual migrations, and intermixture of humanity as how our ancestors spread across the planet. The complexity of this story has taken many by surprise.
Indians of Alabama: Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Yellowhammer State (2016) Unknown too many outside of their small communities, there are still many Alabamians who identify as Native Americans and their tribal communities are thriving.
We Will Always Be Here: Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the South (Anthology, 2016) The history of Native Americans in the U.S. South is a turbulent one, rife with conflict and inequality. This anthology gives voice to their struggle and triumph.
Redbone Chronicles (Anthology, 2016) the history, genealogy and origins of the people known as Redbone, the Redbone Heritage Foundation began publishing a collection of conference presentations, articles and essays and genealogies in the Redbone Chronicles, edited by Don C. Marler and Gary "Mishiho" Gabehart We have combined those here and updated the January 2007 issues.
The author is a member of the Apalachicola River Community of Indians Tribal Organization (ARCITO), a local tribal organization that works for the political, social, and legal welfare of the Indian people across the panhandle, and is focused on documenting historic archival research into the tribe’s history, increasing economic development, fostering the communities unique cultural identity, and providing venues for communication, awareness, and growth of tribal members and the public alike. Historically, the Apalachicola River Community of Indians lived in several small settlements; Scott Town in Jackson County, Scotts Ferry in southern Calhoun County, Woods (across the Apalachicola River in Liberty County), and Mt Zion/Simmonsville in Holmes County. Apalachicola River Community of Indians people were in the past sometimes known as “Dominickers”, and historically maintained a “third race” status during segregation between the 2 dominant races.
The Apalachicola River Community of Indians are culturally and genealogically connected to many of the Indian settlements in the Carolinas, as most of the ancestors of the Florida settlements migrated to the panhandle originally from the Catawba Indian reservation at Rock Hill, from the nearby Sumter Band of Cheraw in South Carolina as well as from communities of the Lumbee Tribe of Cheraw Indians in Robeson County North Carolina, during in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Apalachicola River Community of Indians began its Annual Indian Community Conference in 1996 and it continues to provide a forum for addressing issues of concern to the panhandle Indian people. It is held at the WT Neal Civic Center in Blountstown Florida each spring and is open to the public.
For more information on the author as well as the tribe’s Apalachicola River Community of Indians history co to dominickerindians.org, or contact H. C. Scott Sewell at (850) 254-5426 or at [email protected]