When the Chickasaws Came to the Tupelo Area

Richard Green

Tribal Historian Richard Green notes that, while we know the Chickasaws settled in the area of today’s Tupelo, Mississippi, archaeologists and historians don’t agree on whether de Soto encountered the Chickasaws there or further south, where they may have lived in 1541. They know de Soto arrived crossing the Tombigbee River in barges, but not how far north that was.


Related Videos

3 Items

Absorbing Chickasaw History

William Beckwith
Given his assignment to create a full-length sculpture of Mountain Leader Piominko for a park in downtown Tupelo.

Tupelo's Expansion Leads to Archaeological Disruption

Richard Green, Author & Former Chickasaw Nation Historian
Richard Green notes that Chickasaws of the 18th and 19th centuries buried their dead under their homes.

Archaeologists Work at Tupelo Hospital Construction Site

Richard Green
Richard Green describes how, in 1996, a Mississippi State field team had contracted with a north Mississippi medical center that was expanding.