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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Native Americans at 'Wolf Creek'

A few of many artifacts found by Lowell on the farm of his birth which adjoins La Charrette Village. Here, as a boy, I searched with friends for 'arrows' at an old Native American campsite and fantasized about how lucky Indian children were...they didn't have to go to school!

Before Bourgmound and other early Europeans came up the Missouri River, Native Americans had established an advanced culture at Wolf Creek, their supposed name of the creek at La Charrette Village. Study their arrival and culture at the title link. Further details of these regional tribes is discussed at http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/siouan/missourihist.htm with their modern-day genealogies presented at http://www.umsystem.edu/shs/nativeam.html to include extensive references and other helpful resources. An excellent discussion on the lives of the French living among Native Americans on the lower Missouri is complied at the skillfull hand of author Tanis C. Thorne http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/082621083X/104-2962684-2702363?v=glance This insightful book, The Many Hands of My Relations, is highly recommended.

By the time La Charrette Village emerged on the scene, the Native Americans residing there represented vastly different tribes than a few years previous. They represented something akin to a westward progression of displaced tribes from east of the Mississippi River. Unbeknown to them, many were on their way to reservations via the Trail of Tears. Several descendants of La Charrette Village families experienced this fate. Others had been captured and sold into the slave trade "downriver".

Charles 'Indian' Phillips was one of these displaced Native Americans associated with La Charrette Village. His life was something of an infamous existance. As a close friend of both Daniel Boone and his neighbor, America's First Mountain Man John Colter, others considered him "lazy" and "filthy". Yet he was respected, almost famous, for his skills as a hunter and frontier guide. Other Native Americans at La Charrette were family members, either of local or 'displaced' origins. Several of the so-called "French Canadians" there are known to have had Native American wives and/or mothers, likely even some grandmothers were represented. The Village of La Charrette would never have existed without these and other contributions of many Native American families.


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