Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

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Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

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Students of American expansion or Native American history may be interested in a new documentary tracing the heartbreaking history of the Caddo Indians from contact in 1542 to their final removal to western Oklahoma in 1859. Produced and narrated by Phil Cross, an enrolled member and former cultural preservation officer of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, Disinherited: Caddo Indians 'Loss of Their Homelands focuses specifically on the three main confederacies-the Kadohadacho, Hasinai, and Natchitoches-that once dominated an area covering East Texas, southern Arkansas, western Louisiana, and southeastern Oklahoma. Cross recounts the tragic events that reduced a people numbering between 10,000 and 20,000 to a mere 600 on the eve of the Civil War. Of special interest to Quarterly readers will be the experience of a band of 167 Caddos who resided in Southwest Arkansas and Northwest Louisiana only to be displaced by the 1835 treaty that surrendered their ancestral homelands. …

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