I want to start a new regular column on my blog called “Nenne MvskokE” which means the Muskogee way or Muskogee Road. For those who do Seminole and Creek living history, you need to do more than just dress the part and blow off some smoke. You need to understand what the people were thinking 150-200 years ago. So I will start giving my thoughts that I have received over the past 30 years.
My Mom was an anthropologist, but she was a social or cultural anthropologist. She was more interested in finding out what the living people were thinking. She did work cataloging collections in museums in Orlando back in the 60s to the 90s. She took part on a few famous digs of some spectacular places in Florida, like Crystal River Mounds or Tick Island near Deland. So this interest rubbed off on me. She passed away 5 years ago, and I like to think that she would be proud of what I am doing today. I truly believe that Nenne MvskokE is my own path, too. And I always learn something new and have had a few surprises.
So I want to talk about the Muskogee Way. The thinking of the people. The Creeks, Seminoles, and all southeastern tribes carry on the traditions of the Mound Builders who were known as the Mississippian or Weeden Island people. They don’t have a name for their beliefs, other than something like Nenne MvskokE. And consider it a philosophy more than a religion. It is a way of doing things. What is your reason and purpose on this earth, and how you are part of it. The Way is flexible and accepts anyone willing to follow it, whether they are Christian, Pagan, Straight or Homosexual. There are two sides to everything, and a balance must be sought. The ways and traditions my also differ between different towns, clans, or other tribes. What I will say will be my way, but not necessarily the only way. People are welcome to disagree and have alternate traditions. But what we know as the southeastern ceremonial complex seems to be universal not only in the southeast, but up along the Woodland culture, the northeast, the Ohio, and into Canada. Even native people on Hawaii have similar traditions.
I will not tell everything, and try to keep back from the sacred, but more the life philosophy and ways. Some things I will mention may border on the sacred, but you can research the same information and find it out elsewhere.
Shall we begin?