In this sweeping regional history, anthropologist Robbie Ethridge traces the metamorphosis of the Native South from first contact in 1540 by Hernando De Soto to the dawn of the
eighteenth century, when Indigenous people no longer lived in a purely Indian world but rather on the edge of an expanding European empire and in a new social landscape that included a
large population of Europeans and Africans. Despite the fact that thousands of Indians died or were enslaved and virtually all Native polities were radically altered in these years, the
collapse of this complex Mississippian world did not extinguish the Native peoples of the South but rather transformed them.
|"A scholarly and recommended read . . . a strong addition for historical collections with a focus on the discovery of the new world.
— The Midwest Book Review
"Robbie Ethridge's innovative, imaginative work of scholarship provides the only modern, comprehensive survey of all of the southeastern Indians during the protohistoric period. This book is a very significant accomplishment."
— Gregory Waselkov, University of South Alabama
"[A] sweeping regional history. . . . With skillfully synthesized archaeological and documentary evidence, Etheridge illuminates the Native South in its earliest colonial context and sheds new light on the profound upheaval and cultural transformation experienced by the region's first people.
— Lone Star Book Review
Using a new interpretive framework that
Ethridge calls the "Mississippian shatter zone" to explicate these tumultuous times, From Chicaza to Chickasaw examines the European invasion and the collapse of the precontact
Mississippian world and the restructuring of discrete chiefdoms into coalescent Native societies in a colonial world. Within this larger regional context, she closely follows the story
of one group--the Chickasaws--throughout this period. With skillfully synthesized archaeological and documentary evidence, Ethridge illuminates the Native South in its earliest colonial
context and sheds new light on the profound upheaval and cultural transformation experienced by the region's first peoples.
Robbie Ethridge is professor of anthropology at the University of Mississippi.