Boon Hogganbeck is one of the major characters in Faulkner's last novel. According to the narrator, "His grandmother had been the daughter of one of old Issetibbeha's Chickasaws" (19).


Mahataha (as Faulkner spells "Mohataha" here) is the only member of the Ikkemotubbe|Issetibbeha family mentioned in this novel, where she displaces her son in the story of the Compson family. In his "Appendix" to The Sound and the Fury (1946), Faulkner identifies Ikkemotubbe as the "American king" who granted the Compson patent; in The Mansion, however, it is Mahataha who grants the property "to Quentin Compson in 1821" (367).


The Ikkemotubbe|Issetibbeha family is evoked twice in the novel, in Chapters 19 and 20. In the first, Charles Mallison refers to "the old days of Issetibbeha, the Chickasaw chief, and his sister's son Ikkemotubbe whom they called Doom" (321). In the second, as Gavin Stevens looks down at Yoknapatawpha from the "ridge" beyond Seminary Hill and back through the twilight to the history of the county, the first human presences he conjures up are "old Issetibbeha, the wild Chickasaw king, with his Negro slaves and his sister's son called Doom who murdered his way to the throne" (331).


When Faulkner adds the events of "A Name for the City" to the larger story of Yoknapatawpha he tells in the prose sections of Requiem for a Nun, he adds quite a bit of substance to Mohataha's role as "the Chickasaw matriarch" (17). At her first mention she is still identified in a context that is defined by the men in her family: "Ikkemotubbe's mother and old Issetibbeha's sister" (17). But these men are merely mentioned.


The Chickasaw tribe is still living in Yoknapatawpha at the time this story takes place. Their chief when the first white pioneers arrive is "old Issetibbeha, the Chickasaw King" (200); Issetibbeha becomes a "friend" of one of them, Doctor Habersham (202). By the time the main events of the story take place, Issetibbeha has died, but there is no mention of how.


The Stevens and the McCaslin-Beauchamp families are at the center of this novel, but it also contains a single reference to "the Negro Sam Fathers whose father had been a Chickasaw chief" (91). Sam's father is not given a name, but there is no reason not to identify him as Ikkemotubbe.


Ikkemotubbe is the central character of this story about a rivalry between him and a white man for the unnamed sister of the Indian Herman Basket. The story's fourth paragraph quickly rehearses the history of how he was born "Issetibbeha's sister's son" and - after acquiring the sobriquet Doom - became the Man by probably killing his own nephew, the "little son" of Issetibbeha's son Moketubbe - and perhaps killing Moketubbe too, though nothing is said about what happens to Moketubbe (363).


Faulkner adds three generations to the Compson family in his 1946 addition to The Sound and the Fury. But the only member of the Ikkemotubbe|Issetibbeha family to appear there is "IKKEMOTUBBE" himself, whose entry comes first as a "dispossessed American king" and the person who "granted out of his vast lost domain" the land on which the Compsons created the estate they were also to lose (325).


Most readers probably know the Ikkemotubbe|Issetibbeha family best from the way their story is linked to the McCaslin-Edmonds-Beauchamp story in this 1942 novel. They are linked through what could be considered a third, non-biological but recognizably familial relationship between Sam Fathers and Ike McCaslin, who commune across racial, cultural and generational lines that seem almost to disappear in the wilderness. The novel's treatment of Sam's Indian family as a family is much less resonant.


Faulkner wrote the magazine version of "The Bear" after writing the longer chapter for the novel Go Down, Moses. It offers a reduced image of the family that Sam Fathers belongs to, but with only two exceptions - one clearly a case of authorial inattention, one a major revision - the story represents his parents as the novel will describe them, though the phrasing is slightly different in the story's two references to him as the "son of a slave woman and a Chickasaw chief" (282) and the "son of a Negro slave and an Indian king" (294).


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