Moketubbe

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Moketubbe
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Moketubbe
Race: 
MixedIndianWhiteBlack
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Indian Chief
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Real?: 
No
Biography: 

The son of Issetibbeha, he becomes "the Man," the new chief when his father dies (313). The narrator refers to his "monstrous shape" and calls him "diseased with flesh" (327, 321). The narrative depicts him as a very fat man too lazy to help pursue his father's runaway slave except by being carried by other Indians. Behind his "unfathomable lethargy" is probably also some form of retardation; even as a child, he only takes interest in the pair of "shoes with red heels" that his father brought back from Paris before he was born (320, 316). When Herman Basket and the "second" Indian talk about him, his obsession with the shoes that Issebibbeha refuses to let him have, and the fact that his father was "not old" when he "became dead," there is the strong suggestion that Mokketubbe is a parricide (313, 317). Issetibbeha gives him the shoes, but nonetheless looks at his son, remembers how his father gained power, and realizes that "a man cannot live forever" (322). The narrative does not, however, offer any definitive evidence that Mokketubbe played a role in his father's death.

Property Status: 
owns land
owns house
owns slaves
Financial Status: 
controls substantial wealth
Social Status: 
has influential social contacts (family, business, political)
Disability: 
cognitively disabled
morbidly obese
Ethnicity: 
Chickasaw
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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