Information About the Piqua Shawnee Tribe
The Alabama Indian Affairs Commission recognized nine different indigenous tribes as of right now. Within these nine tribes, the Piqua Shawnee tribe exists. There is evidence in what is now Alabama that dates back hundreds of years. Many people in this area have likely heard of this tribe before. This article is going to help you learn more about what the Piqua Shawnee tribe has done and how they have come to exist as they are today.
When it first started out, the Shawnee tribe was around the area that Indiana and Ohio are currently in place within our United States. The Piqua portion was one out of the five divisions of the tribe and it was named for the legend of an evil man that was sent back from the dead to be in charge of a group of the Shawnee people so that they could walk in harmony. This man that came back from the dead will appear in front of a group of these people in a cloud of smoke that came from their fire.
Eventually, the tribe was forced to scatter by various other tribes that wanted their land and resources. Although not all of the members of the Piqua tribe were able to survive, some of them ended up in what we call Alabama, meaning they migrated very far south to get away from the violence. Once they landed there, the Piqua Shawnee interacted with other tribes that were located in this area and learn how to live among them rather than against them. Many of the traders that came through this area assumed they were all one big tribe because of how they did get along. There were many wars that happened in the next few centuries and during this time, there were many different people that wanted to find refuge from the wars and decided to go to the Shawnee Picqua tribe in the south due to their resources. As time went on, this tribe grew and grew.
Many historians that have studied this tribe believe they have inhabited Alabama for a longer period of time than any other part of the nation. Many archaeologists that have studied this tribe believe that there is evidence to show this tribe lived in this same area since around the late 1600s.
Currently, there are a lot of people that have ancestors who are part of the Piqua Shawnee tribe and they still live in the state of Alabama. Of the families that were unable to stay in Alabama, many of them left due to the removal policy that was put into place by Andrew Jackson. While information on the Piqua Shawnee tribe is still available, there is a lot of information that was lost due to the many people that had to leave.