Unnamed Slaves

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Unnamed Slaves
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Unnamed Slaves
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Multi Gender Group
Class: 
Enslaved Black
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
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The Negro slaves owned by the Chickasaw Indians are described almost exclusively as a group: "a single octopus. They were like the roots of huge tree uncovered, the earth momentarily upon . . . its lightless and outraged life" (315). They adhere to their African customs, and keep ceremonial artifacts in the central cabin. The narrative characterizes them chiefly by their "fear" and "smell" (315), and the various rituals, including drumming and dancing, they practice. They treat the Servant as one who is already dead, but do give him food to eat.

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