Yuchi

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Yu·chi

 (yo͞o′chē)
n. pl. Yuchi or Yu·chis
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee, with a present-day population in Oklahoma.
2. The language of the Yuchi, of no known linguistic affiliation.

[Probably Cherokee yutsi.]
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Thus, when new towns were created for freed slaves, they entered in the same way that Hitchitees and Yuchis and other peoples had come into the Muskogee confederacy: as new towns.
This extensive body of oral traditions also explained how peoples such as the Yuchis and Hitchitees, who had substantially different languages and histories from the Muskogee-speaking towns like Coweta and Kasihta, became part of the Creek confederacy and ultimately the Creek Nation.
In these legajos or bundles of documents can be found a wealth of sources for Indian peoples such as the Allbamus, Caddos, Cayugas, Cowapees, Creeks, Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Iroquois, Kasihtas (Cusitas in Spanish), Lobos,(16) Mandans, Miamis, Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Osages, Otos (Otoctatas), Ricaras, Senecas, Talapoosas, Tuscaroras, Wabashes, Yamacraws and Yuchis (Uchises).
Choctaws, Cherokees, Chickasaws and Creeks appear frequently in these documents, as do Ahuahes, Alibamus, Bidais, Comanches, Kawitas, Miamis, Orcoquizas, Seminoles, Taguacanes, Talapoosas, and Yuchis. The history of tribal relations with Euroamericans can be analyzed in source materials which refer to trading posts (in Pensacola, Mobile, and elsewhere), types and quantities of merchandise used in trade, friendship agreements, gifts, food supplies, weapons and ammunition distributed among the Indians, hostilities, Indian congresses and treaties, Indian concern over land rights, and Euroamerican officials.
The Native peoples mentioned are the Abnakis, Alibamus, Apaches, Arkansas, Atakapas, Biloxies, Caddos, Cances, Choctaws, Chawanons, Cherokees, Chickasaws, Creeks, Delawares, Loups, Nahas, Mascoutens, Mesquakis (Mascokees is here the Spanish version of the tribe more commonly known as Fox), Mikasuki (the Spanish rendering here is Mecasuques), Miamis, Opelousas, Osages, Plankashaws, Sauks, Seminoles, Sioux, Talapoosas, Tawehashes, Tunicas, Wabashes, and Yuchis.
IN JULY 1999 NEWMAN LITTLEBEAR, a respected Yuchi (Euchee) elder, was in the hospital.
Among the Yuchi, the last social dance known to have been lost was the Horse Dance, the performance of which ended with the death of a community elder who had not yet trained a younger man to sing its distinctive songs.
This phenomenon is discussed, for contemporary Oklahoma, in greater depth in chapter 9 of Jackson, Yuchi Ceremonial Life: Performance, Meaning, and Tradition in a Contemporary American Indian Community (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003).