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