Thlewarle Church (founded in 1858) is one of the many centers of the Creek world connecting historic events with everyday realities. Womack begins his interpretive reading of "Summer Water and Shirley," a story in which a child's playfulness in crossing boundaries leads to a life and death crisis.
Baptists and Witches: Multiple Jurisdictions in a Muskogee Creek Story
by Craig Womack
Speaking at Emory University on December 5th, 2006, Dr. Womack examines Muskogee Creek culture through his reading of Durango Mendoza's short story "Summer Water and Shirley," and his discussion of jurisdictional spaces in the vicinity of the Thlewarle Indian Baptist Church.