Study: My Understanding of History
The Piqua Shawnee Tribe has an incredibly rich history. For hundreds of years, the Shawnee have played a vital role in America’s culture. As you may know, though, many people are ignorant regarding the fascinating history of the Shawnee. If you’re interested in learning more about the Shawnee, it’s important to study their history. This group is one of just nine tribes that is actually recognized by Alabama’s state legislature.
The tribe has existed in Alabama for hundreds of years. Originally, though, the Shawnee were closer to Indiana and Ohio. The term Piqua is derived from a famous story about a malicious apparition. The story begins when a wicked man died; after his death, his soul was reanimated. This spirit was then tasked with leading a group of people. When there was a fire, the spirit could appear through the smoke from the coal. When people use the term Piqua, you should know that it can be translated as “spirit that comes through ashes.” The bottom line is that if you want to learn more about history, you owe it to yourself to study this fascinating tribe.
As the years have gone on, the Piqua Shawnee Tribe have faced any number of challenging situations. All too often, the tribe has been forced to immigrate to new areas. History suggests that the initial immigration happened about four hundred years ago. The tribe had to move because of war in the Indiana region. The most popular destination was Alabama. During this time, the Piqua Shawnee Tribe lived alongside Creek tribes.
When the war ended, the people of the Piqua Shawnee Tribe were faced with a difficult situation. Many people stayed in Alabama, but others decided to return to Indiana. Several years later, war once again returned to this area. Around the turn of the nineteenth century, the French went to war with the English and the Americans. The result was that the region was fairly unstable. Unfortunately, war was not the only threat that the Piqua Shawnee faced. During these years, many in the tribe were infected with smallpox. During the rebellion by Pontiac, several blankets were removed from Fort Pitt. There were several tribes that had already been exposed to smallpox. The lack of exposure meant that the Shawnee lacked immunity to the virus. In time, the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes also faced exposure.
In the twenty first century, the Shawnee people are scattered across the continent. There are many indigenous people in the midwest, but some live in Canada. Remember that if you are interested in American history, you owe it to yourself to study the Piqua Shawnee Tribe.