Apalachicola Resilience and Adaptation of a Native American Community on the Chattahoochee River
This book is a synthesis of research spanning archaeology, geology, geography, history, ecology, and ethnography. It follows the history of the Apalachicola people who contributed to the culture that was later called the Creek Indians in the Southeastern United States.
Apalachicola is the origin story of the Creek Indians and how they adapted to a changing environment and shows that specific institutions, subsistence strategies, and social organizations developed as a risk management strategy and a form of resilience. It is unique in its comprehensive and long-term study of a community. It identifies and demonstrates a new way of understanding the development of political institutions and regime change. Incorporating the role of social groups that are under discussed by archaeological studies, the book offers a new and novel understanding of the development of complex societies in the Southeastern United States. It also includes a holistic view of the entire social and economic organizations rather than just an aspect of the economy or politics and shows how this culture developed a society that dealt with an unpredictable environment by distributing risks, knowledge, and authority throughout the society. The social and political organization of these Native American peoples was adapted to a particular environment that was altered when Europeans immigrated to the Americas.
The book is relevant to scholars interested in Southeastern North American archaeology and history, ecological resilience, political change, colonialism, gender studies, ecology, and more.
Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Apalachicola, the "Big Town"; Chapter 3: Origins; Chapter 4: The Landscape Setting; Chapter 5: The Muscogee Way; Chapter 6: Worldview and Organization; Chapter 7: Synthesis and Adaptation; Appendix A: Pottery Types and Descriptions; Appendix B: Radiocarbon Dates for the Region and Study Site, Southeastern United States; Appendix C: Timeline of Documented Events for Apalachicola; Index.