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Grigra Tribe: Said to have been given them from the frequent occurrence of these two syllables in their speech. They sometimes appear as the “Gray Village” of the Natchez.

Grigra Connections. The fact that the language of this tribe contained an r suggests a probable relationship with the tribes of the Tunican group.

Grigra Location. When first known to us, it formed one of the Natchez villages on St. Catherines Creek, Mississippi.

Grigra Villages. Only one village is mentioned called by a shorter form of the name given to the tribe, Gris or Gras.

Grigra History. The Grigra had been adopted by the Natchez at an earlier period than the Tiou and, like them, may once have resided on Yazoo River, but there is no absolute proof of this. They are mentioned as one of three Natchez tribes belonging to the anti-French faction. Otherwise their history is identical with that of the Natchez.

Grigra Population. One estimate made about 1720-25 gives about 60 warriors.

MLA Source Citation:

Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America. Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 145. Washington DC: US Government Printing Office. 1953. Web. 21 January 2015. - Last updated on Apr 29th, 2012

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