Thursday, January 17, 2013

Appalachian Indians of Warrior Mountains

Review of
“Appalachian Indians of the Warrior Mountains”
Brandy W. Sutton

“Appalachian Indians of the Warrior Mountains” embodies the American Indian history of the Warrior Mountains of southern Appalachia, along with an underlying deep love of great Native American places such as the High Town Path, Melton’s Bluff, and Doublehead’s Town. Rickey Butch Walker describes his childhood backyard using details that will paint a picture before your eyes of the life and times of Indian people. Learn about the history of our Native Americans of the Southeastern United States, hear the story about the Battle of Indian Tomb Hollow and love of a young Chickasaw maiden Magnolia, listen to the passion of Walker’s voice as you read about the struggle of the removal of his own people to another land, and embark through time as you read this book.

It is so important to preserve the history of our aboriginal people and realize that they played an important part of what our country is today. Some historians and books would like to start American history with Columbus, the founding presidents, or the first Thanksgiving where Indians are first mentioned. The truth is our story as Native Americans and our American Indian history starts way before Columbus; the first people struggled for survival thousands of years before European explorers made their first appearance in this country.

Rickey Butch Walker does an excellent job keeping our Indian past alive for present and future generations; he gives this gift to our youth in order for them to have a record and recollection of their ancestors for years to come. Without these facts being passed or these stories being told, our Indian heritage would slowly fade and dry up like a grape in the sun. I appreciate the fact that Rickey Butch Walker fights to keep our American Indian stories of the Warrior Mountains of southern Appalachia fading from the pages of history. 

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