Lost Creeks


Lost Creeks

Collected Journals

Alexander Posey
Edited with an introduction and notes by Matthew Wynn Sivils

200 pages


May 2009


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May 2009


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About the Book

Lost Creeks collects for the first time all the journals and shorter autobiographical works of noted Muscogee (Creek) writer, humorist, and political activist Alexander Posey (1873–1908). In his brief but productive life Posey became an influential political spokesperson, man of letters, and advocate for better conditions in Indian Territory. Posey’s journals reveal much about his turbulent but noteworthy political career, his personal aspirations and challenges, and the creative process behind not only his poetry and short stories but also his famed Fus Fixico letters.
Drawing on extensive archival research, Matthew Wynn Sivils produces a carefully annotated edition of the journals and also provides abundant contextual information. This volume enriches and personalizes the legacy of this remarkable Native writer and provides new insight into the beginnings of twentieth-century Native intellectual, political, and literary movements and traditions.

Author Bio

Matthew Wynn Sivils is an assistant professor of English at Iowa State University. He is the editor of Alexander Posey’s Chinnubbie and the Owl: Muscogee (Creek) Stories, Orations, and Oral Traditions and Song of the Oktahutche: Collected Poems, both published by the University of Nebraska Press.


"The editor has extensively supplemented the original texts with a biographical essay, an introduction to the journals that contextualizes Posey in relation to the politics of the Creek nation, and a catalogue of his library books, thus making of a few discrete glimpses into Posey's life and his milieu a useful and engaging volume."—Tol Foster, Chronicles of Oklahoma

"This book is an excellent addition to Native American collections in either an academic or public libraries."—Philenese Slaughter, American Indian Libraries Newsletter

"Practically unavailable until now, these autobiographical sketches and poems about Muscogee politics and place offer a fascinating look into Posey's formative writing life during a crucial historical moment."—Joshua B. Nelson, SAIL

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   000

A Note on the Editing of the Text   000

Alexander Posey Visits Chitto Harjo   000

The Life of Alexander Posey     000

Introduction  000

Journal of the Creek Orphan Asylum    000

Biographical  000

The Cruise of the Good Vrouw: From a Diary by One of the Crew 000

The River Journal: The Barde Typescript     000

Notes Afield  000

The Hains Letters   000

Journal of the Creek Enrollment Field Party      000

Lost to His Tribe for Many Years     000

Appendix: A Catalog of Alexander Posey's Personal Library   000

Notes 000

Bibliography      000

Index 000

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