Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 06:28:37 -0500
Reply-To: Wil Griffin <wilg@MINDSPRING.COM>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Wil Griffin <wilg@MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject: one more on bird names
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The Muscogean speaking Indians, such as the Creeks, called the red headed woodpecker T'inki. They considered it a token bird of war due to his red head. That gave him the appearance of having been scalped and still up and going.
Side note: The Creeks were miss-appelled themselves. Creek was a name used by the English to refer to a loose confederation of several tribes including Abihka, Coweta, Alabamas, Tallapoosa, and a host of smaller ones such as the Yamacraw and Yuchi.
Wil in Rincon, Effingham Co