Bridging Cultures

Bridging Cultures (HM20YN)

Location: Cherokee, AL 35616 Colbert County
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N 34° 45.631', W 88° 1.373'

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Natchez Trace Parkway

Here, near the bubbling waters of Buzzard Roost Spring, Levi Colbert (Itawamba Minko, "Bench Chief") built one of the many inns—called stands—along the Natchez Trace.

But it was Colbert's negotiating and language skills that sustained him as a tribal leader. Bilingual, with a Scottish father and Chickasaw mother, he took advance of opportunities in both cultures.

Across several decades, Colbert sat among the Chickasaw during treaty talks. Using his knowledge both white and Chickasaw society, he protected both the Chickasaw homeland and his own interest.

A dogged negotiator, at the time of his death in 1834, Colbert was trying to amend an 1832 treaty to gain better terms for the Chickasaw people.

A 2012 inductee into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, Levi Colbert earned a reputation as a skilled negotiator.
HM NumberHM20YN
Placed ByNatchez Trace Parkway
, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 406387 N 3846962
Decimal Degrees34.76051667, -88.02288333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 45.631', W 88° 1.373'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 45' 37.86" N, 88° 1' 22.38" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near AL-2, Cherokee AL 35616, US
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