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Pictorial History of Mississippi

Top: photograph of Nanih Waiya by Mary Ethel Dismukes. Bottom: "Nanih Waiya. Legends of the Choctaw Indians recount an eastward march of that nation from some former western habitation from where they set out to find better hunting grounds. Custom demanded that they carry along with them the bones of their dead; as many of the people died during the march increasing the burden of ancestral bones, the chief, finding, what was thought to be, a suitable place for habitation declared the journey at an end and designated the spot as the burial ground of their people. This he called Nanih-Waiya (our home). Located near the junction of the Nanih Waiya and Tallahaga Creeks, in Winston County, it is said to be the only mound given a special nameā€¦."