Grand Village Archaeology Program Series

As part of the Archaeology Program Series, on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. Brad Lieb, special assistant in Cultural Affairs under the Chickasaw Nation's Division of History and Culture, will present "The Natchez Indian Refuge Among the Chickasaws" in the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians auditorium. Admission is free and seating is limited.

The Chickasaw tribe, whose villages were in present-day Lee and Pontotoc counties, allowed a large number of Natchez Indians to settle with them after the Natchez war with the French in 1729–31. For the Chickasaw chiefs, this was a very controversial decision because they knew that the presence of the Natchez refugees would almost certainly invite an attack by Governor Bienville and combined French and Indian forces. Lieb's study of the Chickasaw villages makes use of recent archaeological findings and historical documentation and maps to reveal the location of the Natchez settlement and to shed light on this little-known period in Natchez Indian history.

A native of Ridgeland, Mississippi, Lieb began working for the Chickasaw Nation in 2009. He has held offices with the Mississippi Archaeological Association and the Southeastern Archaeological Conference. Lieb earned his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Alabama in 2008 with a dissertation on the Natchez Indian alliance with the Chickasaws. He received his M.A. in anthropology from the University of Alabama, and he graduated with honors from Mississippi State University. He has received numerous awards for his work on the Natchez Indians after they left the Natchez area and is currently serving as president of the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists.

Light refreshments will be served. Call 601-446-6502 for more information. The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians is located at 400 Jefferson Davis Blvd., Natchez.

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