Issetibbeha

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Issetibbeha
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Issetibbeha
Race: 
MixedIndianWhiteBlack
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Indian Chief
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Dies
Cause of Death: 
Murder
Real?: 
No
Biography: 

A Chickasaw chief, son of Doom/Ikkemotubbe and the unnamed woman with some "Negro blood" whom he met in New Orleans (321). He becomes chief at age 19 when his father dies. Under his leadership, the Indians begin imitating the behavior of the whites around them, including raising and selling slaves. He travels to Paris, and returns with several artifacts of high European culture. At age 21 he has a son called Moketubbe. When Moketubbe is 30, Issetibbeha dies, making him 51. According to the story's "second" Indian (313), he was "not old" when he "became dead" (317), raising the distinct possibility that he was murdered by Moketubbe.

Property Status: 
owns land
owns house
owns slaves
Financial Status: 
controls substantial wealth
Social Status: 
has influential social contacts (family, business, political)
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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