The Loess Hills' Indians
ow we are
getting into one of the most interesting, and often very tragic and sad, parts of the
Loess Hills story. Here are several links to follow:
- The first humans to reach the Lower Mississippi Valley's Loess Hills
were a people referred to today as the Paleo Indians.
- Eventually many tribes or nations of Indian lived among the Loess
Hills. In fact, our region appears to have been a kind of tribal
- When the Europeans arrived, life among the Loess Hills' Indian
nations was rich and diverse.
- The first Europeans to visit the Loess Hills was a roving band of
Spanish conquistadors, led by Hernando de Soto.
- European diseases decimated the Southeast's
- One tribe still maintaining many of its old traditions when European
Settlers began arriving was the Natchez Indians.
- Conflict between the French and English
pitted Indian nation against Indian nation, and sped the Indian demise.
- A few hundred Chickasaws were the last Indians
to live on their ancestral homes in our Loess Hills.