Native American Indian languages
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Cree or Creek?
Q:My great grandmother was from Colisteo/Greene area
of New York and she was either Cree or Creek.....do
you have any idea which would be correct? Or are
they both the same tribes?
A: Cree and Creek are two different tribes (the Creek are
also known as Muskogee.) I can't tell you which tribe
you are related to, however. You need to do some
genealogy research. Genealogy is really not my
specialty (we are a language organization), but I like
to recommend the book
Student's Guide to Native
It provides an excellent introduction to the subject,
especially for beginners, and many of our site's users
have reported that it helped them track down an
I can tell you that neither the Crees nor the Creeks were originally native to New York-- the Cree homelands are
mostly in Canada (with a few communities near the Canadian border in North Dakota), and the Creeks were a southeastern
tribe, many of whom were eventually forced to move to Oklahoma (where their descendants live today.) If your genealogical
research turns up that your great-grandmother's family came from either Canada, Oklahoma, or the Georgia/Florida/Alabama
area, that would give you a big clue as to her tribal identity.
Good luck on your search, and if you run into any
Indian names or words in the course of your research, please feel free
to write back.
Hope that helps!
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