SAFETY AND SECURITY PERSONAL SAFETY
EXPLORING. Respecting local customs (in many cases, dressing more conserva tively) may placate would-be hecklers. Familiarize yourself with your surround ings before setting out. Check maps in shops and restaurants rather than on the street. Never admit that you are traveling alone, and be sure someone at home knows your itinerary. When walking at night, stick to busy, well-lit streets and avoid dark alleyways. If you feel uncomfortable, leave as quickly as possible.
SELF-DEFENSE. There is no sure-fire way to avoid all the threatening situations you might encounter when you travel, but a good self-defense course will give you concrete ways to react to unwanted advances. Impact, Prepare, and Model Mugging can refer you to local self-defense courses in the US (® 800-345-5425). Visit the website at www.impactsafety.org for a list of nearby chapters. Group workshops (2-3hr.) start at US$50; full courses (20-24hr.) run US$350-500.
Yamasee The Yamasee Indians are most closely associated with a single event in the history of the colonial Southeast the Yamasee War. Madrid Map part from their role in the years leading up to this war and its aftermath, not much research has been done on Yamasee origins and culture. Usually, they exist primarily in historical literature as foils to English colonization.
The Yamasee, like most seventeenth- and eighteenth-century tribes, were multiethnic. That is to say, people speaking different languages and adhering to different cultural practices could consider themselves Yamasee. This obstacle to identification is compounded by the fact that it was usually Europeans, with limited ethnographic skills, who were doing the classifying.
From 1650 to 1715, the Yamasee lived near, essentially among, both the Spanish and English in the Southeast. They fought alongside and against both of those colonies. They dispersed as a distinct political unit in the aftermath of the Yamasee War, but in the 1950s, a group previously identified as Altamaha Cherokee began working to reassert their Yamasee identity. Currently, the tribe is not recognized by Georgia, South Carolina, or the U.S. government.
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