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Living in the Land of Death Audiobook

Living in the Land of Death: The Choctaw Nation, 1830-1860

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Publisher's Summary

With the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the Choctaw people began their journey over the Trail of Tears from their homelands in Mississippi to the new lands of the Choctaw Nation. Suffering a death rate of nearly 20 percent due to exposure, disease, mismanagement, and fraud, they limped into Indian Territory, or, as they knew it, the Land of the Dead (the route taken by the souls of Choctaw people after death on their way to the Choctaw afterlife). Their first few years in the new nation affirmed their name for the land, as hundreds more died from whooping cough, floods, starvation, cholera, and smallpox.

Living in the Land of Death depicts the story of Choctaw survival, and the evolution of the Choctaw people in their new environment. Culturally, over time, their adaptation was one of homesteads and agriculture, eventually making them self-sufficient in the rich new lands of Indian territory. Along the Red River and other major waterways, several Choctaw families of mixed heritage built plantations, and imported large crews of slave labor to work cotton fields. They developed a sub-economy based on interaction with the world market. However, the vast majority of Choctaws continued with their traditional subsistence economy that was easily adapted to their new environment.

The immigrant Choctaws did not, however, move into land that was vacant. The U.S. government, through many questionable and some outright corrupt extralegal maneuvers, chose to believe it had gained title through negotiations with some of the peoples whose homelands and hunting grounds formed Indian Territory. Many of these indigenous peoples reacted furiously to the incursion of the Choctaws onto their rightful lands. They threatened and attacked the Choctaws and other immigrant Indian Nations for years.

©2004 Donna L. Akers (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"With graceful writing, Akers beautifully seamlessly incorporates Choctaw language and worldview into her analysis and announces herself as an important new indigenous voice in historical scholarship." (Journal of Indigenous Nations Studies)

"Akers, a member of the Choctaw Nation, clearly posits that she is providing an "insider's" perspective and intends to show that Choctaw culture survived the juggernaut of assimiliation… She achieved her objective in a commendable fashion… a balanced and readable account." (Journal of the West)

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    pixledust 05-13-16
    pixledust 05-13-16 Member Since 2015

    Because tales should be told.

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    What did you like best about Living in the Land of Death? What did you like least?

    I liked the origination story of the Choctaw people. I had never heard it. I find it intriguing that traveling for 43 years to a sacred forever home is part of their origination tale. It is unusual in that the actual origin is unknown or not considered important enough to pass down. There were many interesting details in this story. One comes to know them well because they are reiterated more than once. This detracts from the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Some aspects of the history are fascinating. The U.S. strategy of getting Choctaw leaders into debt and then trading debt forgiveness for land was new to me. The 53 minute introduction was a critique of other historical treatments of the Choctaw nation. While it is important material, it needed an editor. It could have been covered in half the time. This is the definition of extreme academic padding.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sally Martin?

    Not unless she was on crack. The narrator has a relaxed voice and gives an insipid delivery of a very repetitive book. The audio quality was good and she reads accurately, but the combination of the repetitive material and her calm, slightly monotonous voice kept putting me to sleep.


    Was Living in the Land of Death worth the listening time?

    Yes, it represents a little know area of history and some parts of it are very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cafurg 09-14-16
    cafurg 09-14-16

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    "Eye opener"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Living in the Land of Death to be better than the print version?

    Easy listen.


    What does Sally Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narration. Would listen to more of her narrations.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Eye opening story of the Choctaw nation, and Native Americans in general.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EP Walnut Creek, CA United States 06-19-16
    EP Walnut Creek, CA United States 06-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    Where does Living in the Land of Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Three of the greatest tragedies/crimes in human history:
    1) The Holocaust
    2) The African Slave Trade
    3) The Dispossession of Native American Land by European Colonists

    This audiobook extensively chronicles the tragic history of the Choctaw Nation as it struggles to cope with the arrival and expansion of the White population into the Choctaw's ancestral lands, circa 1830.

    Although most of us know how the story ultimately ends, the shocking and sordid details described in this audiobook will leave listeners disgusted and ashamed of the U.S. government for using its laws to STEAL Choctaw land and to (nearly) destroy an entire ethnic group.

    The research behind this historical account is impressive, and it is narrated quite well.

    This is a great audiobook!


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johannaber's 06-07-16

    We sell Vintage and Retro items on line. We teach children urban gardening and robotics. Traveling around the USA is our favorite hobby.

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    "I never knew most of this information"

    This is an excellent story. I love factual history. This reveals more information about the underhanded things the government and local officials did to the indigenous people of The America's. I thought I knew a good bit about the Choctaw Indians, but this book included some facts that I know are not ever going to go in the main stream history books.

    I am especially interested in the Trail of Tears. In Georgia, it started in the Sautee Nacoochee Valley and carried on out West to some of the worst land available. This is a very intense story.

    I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Sally Martin did a great job narrating this audiobook.

    This audiobook was provided by narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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    Daman 05-31-16
    Daman 05-31-16 Member Since 2016

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "Interesting look into the Choctaw nation..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    The plight of the Choctaw Nation and their struggles which gave the reader an insight into corrupt US leaders who made their lives difficult.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made the appreciate the struggles and plight of the Choctaw Nation.


    Any additional comments?

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

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    cappi lucas chico, CA, United States 05-26-16
    cappi lucas chico, CA, United States 05-26-16 Member Since 2016

    Would rather read under a tree on a summer day, than work.

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    This is a great book on the plight of Native Americans. I suggest that reading this will open your eyes.

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    Jan United States 05-25-16
    Jan United States 05-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A proud people more honest than the government"

    Apparent thesis documenting the beliefs and history of a people who populated the North American SouthEast until forced to leave by government bigots. I used to think that Jefferson was somewhat honorable, "All men are created equal" and all that. However, it seems that he was no better than any other crook, and ordered his agents to cheat these and other indigenous peoples out of their rightful properties. Already known is the revenge/hatred by Jackson of all indigenous people and the horrors that he forced upon them.
    This study goes into the matriarchal society of the Choctaw, and how their belief system clashed with the bigoted society moving into and across North America, as well as the hostilities from the people who were effectively dispossessed by their banishment to an inhospitable land so alien to their homeland.
    There is much information presented that is probably unfamiliar to most people who were not intimately affected by what happened to the Choctaw.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBOOM.
    The narrator gave her presentation as if a lecture, and therefore spoke more slowly so as to enhance the listener's ease in notetaking.
    Addendum: In 1847 during the Irish potato famine, the Choctaw Nation of Native Americans donated money to assist with famine relief. The Irish have just completed a monument of appreciation. “These people were still recovering from their own injustice. They put their hands in their pockets and raised $1m in today’s money. They helped strangers. It’s rare to see such generosity. It had to be acknowledged."

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    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 05-08-16
    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 05-08-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Living in the Land of Death"

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    An interesting look at Native American culture in the 1830-1860 time period.

    The narration was well done as a monologue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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