A Louisiana woman who founded a Native American–inspired “empire” with elements of both 1960s-style Black nationalism and the modern “sovereign citizens” movement died on April 26th at her home in California at the age of 87.
|Flag of the Washitaw Nation|
|“Moorish Science” religions date to the 1920s.|
|The Empress’s territorial claims were not particularly modest,|
but she didn’t press them.
|Looks official—but don’t try using it as I.D.|
|How to get pulled over in rural Oklahoma|
|The idea of “indigenous” “Black Israelites” appeals to many politically disaffected|
African-Americans in places like Atlanta.
[You can read more about the Washitaw Nation, the Nuwaubians, and many other separatist and new-nation movements, both famous and obscure, in my new book, a sort of encyclopedic atlas just published by Litwin Books under the title Let’s Split! A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements and Aspirant Nations, from Abkhazia to Zanzibar. The book, which contains 46 maps and 554 flags (or, more accurately, 554 flag images), is available for order now on Amazon. Meanwhile, please “like” the book (even if you haven’t read it yet) on Facebook and see this interview for more information on the book.]
|Her anthropological theories were a tad wonky,|
but the woman knew how to accessorize.