African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Re: Voices of Indian Territory
In Response To: Voices of Indian Territory ()
Thank you for your kind words.
The journal has been the result of a lot of research, and locating these documents, and petitions, has been a tremendous experience.
It was a wonderful experience to share these little known interviews---particularly when the Choctaw as well as Chickasaw Freedmen spoke about their country, which was the only country that they knew, is eye-opening. The Chahta lusa interpreters such as Watson Brown and others are worth noting. At the same time, in the Impson case neither Morris Impson nor his lusa wife spoke English, and they were traditionally Choctaw in so many ways----a glimpse at 19th centurey life, not shared by writers often.
So little is written today about them, and many citizens today, through no exposure, will infact, insist that such persons never existed. Fortunately, such documents, and interviews have survived.
As a result, we are compelled to publish these unwritten chapters in history.
Your kind words are appreciated.
The next issue will be out in December.