Chief Chekilli of Coweta

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Chekilli of Coweta

Death: 1733
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Brother of Sister of Brims; Qua of the Wind Clan and Brim, headman of Coweta

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About Chief Chekilli of Coweta

Chekilli (from achikilläs, making a short step backward. Gatschet). The principal chief of the Creek confederacy at the period of the settlement of the Georgia colony in 1733, having succeeded the "Emperor Bream" on the death of the latter. He appears to have been one of the Creeks who visited England with Tomochichi in that year. In 1735, as "Emperor of the Upper and Lower Creeks," he headed a delegation in a council with the English at Savannah, on which occasion he recited the national legend of the Creeks, as recorded in pictographs upon a buffalo skin, which was delivered to the commissioners and afterward hung up in the London office of the colony. It is now lost, but the translation has been preserved, and has been made the subject of a brief paper by Brinton and an extended notice by Gatschet. In 1752 Chekilli was residing at Coweta, and although still regarded as principal ruler of the confederacy had delegated his active authority to Malatche, the war chief, a younger man. The name appears also as Chiggilli and Tchikilli. See Bosomworth, MS. Jour., 1752, copy in B. A. E. ; Brinton, Nat. Leg. Chahta-Muskokee Tribes, in Hist. Mag., Feb., 1870; Gatschet, Creek Migr. Leg., i, n, 1884, 1888.

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