They Say the Wind Is Red

The Alabama Choctaw — Lost in Their Own Land

Title Details

Pages: 224

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 09/01/2002

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8079-1

List Price: $21.95


Pub Date: 09/01/2002

ISBN: 9-781-6030-6247-3

List Price: $21.95


NewSouth Books

Related Subjects

HISTORY / Native American

They Say the Wind Is Red

The Alabama Choctaw — Lost in Their Own Land

Skip to

  • Description
  • Reviews
They Say the Wind Is Red is the moving story of the Choctaw Indians who managed to stay behind when their tribe was relocated in the 1830s. Throughout the 1800s and 1900s, they had to resist the efforts of unscrupulous government agents to steal their land and resources. But they always maintained their Indian communities—even when government census takers listed them as black or mulatto, if they listed them at all. The detailed saga of the Southwest Alabama Choctaw Indians, They Say the Wind Is Red chronicles a history of pride, endurance, and persistence, in the face of the abhorrent conditions imposed upon the Choctaw by the U.S. government.
Jacqueline Matte makes a compelling case for the historical origin of the MOWA Choctaws in her book, They Say the Wind is Red, although the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs inexplicably still denies them federal recognition as an Indian tribe.

—Dr. Greg Waselkov, director of the Center for Archaeological Studies, University of South Alabama

I found They Say the Wind Is Red moving and convincing.

—Virginia Pounds Brown, Southeastern Indians expert, author of The World of the Southern Indians

An invaluable addition to the growing library of Native American studies, They Say the Wind Is Red is a very highly recommended history of pride, love of land, danger, and a people's determination to endure and preserve their way of life in spite of severe and enduring hardships.

—Midwest Book Review

Very impressive ... [gives] a good understanding of the history of these people.

—Vine Deloria Jr., author and advocate for Native American affairs

They Say the Wind Is Red represents the successful effort of the MOWA Choctaws to articulate their own history. This development pleases all of us who believe in the place of American Indians in American history.

—W. Richard West, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

About the Author/Editor

JACQUELINE ANDERSON MATTE holds master’s degrees in history and education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a BS from Samford University. She is the author of The History of Washington County, Alabama and the co-author of Seeing Historic Alabama. Ms. Matte testified as an expert witness before the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearings for federal recognition of the Alabama Choctaw. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.