Creek Indians belong to any of 19 tribes that
once occupied much of what are now Alabama,
Georgia, and Northwest Florida. The largest
Creek tribes were the Alabama, Muskogee,
The Creeks were given the "Creek" name by
the European settlers because of the tribe's
custom of establishing their villages by a creek.
By the 1500's, several Creek tribes had
joined together to form the Creek Confederacy.
Most Creeks were farmers.
During the early 1800's, the Creeks fought a
series of wars with white settlers who wanted
their lands. In the 1830's, the U.S. Government
forced the Creek to move to the Indian Territory
in what is now Oklahoma. Many Creek hid to
escape resettlement. The North Bay Clan,
Lower Muskogee Creeks still in our area are
descendants of those who refused to resettle in
Oklahoma. A parcel of land along Deer Point
Lake is now home to the North Bay Clan,
Lower Muskogee Indians. Pow Wows are
regularly held at this sight.
Mr. Lonzo Woods, 1996 Chief of the North
Bay Clan, Lower Muskogee Tribe wears a
"ribbon shirt". Made of calico and decorated
with colorful ribbons, the "ribbon shirt" is the
traditional attire of the Creeks.
Medicine men remain an important part of
Creek culture. Their prayers and flute melodies
sooth ailing tribesmen.