Thlopthlocco Tribal Town

Okemah, Oklahoma

Going Home Project

The deep history of complex indigenous cultures in the southeastern United States is reflected in the land, national parks and monuments, museum collections and in the collective memories of present day descendants who were forcibly removed to Indian Territory, where they now endeavor to maintain their traditions and cultural lifeways. Thlopthlocco tribal members had not stood on the soil of their homeland in 100 years. The Going Home Project enabled 30 elders, youth and family members to return to their original tribal lands in southeastern Alabama; to walk on their land, feel their ancestors’ strength and courage, experience the sense of belonging, of being at home. The grant will also support continued study of Thlopthlocco tribal history and culture.

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