2017-08-30 00:44:42 UTC
...In 1946, at the age of 19, Margaret earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Duke University. In 1954, she became the first student to receive a Master of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Alabama. Her thesis was "Tuscaloosa County Hunting". Yes, it was Margaret who taught her husband, son and grandson, Jeph, to hunt. Well, not really, but like Margaret would have said, "It makes an entertaining story".
In 1963, she was hired to teach in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The University of Alabama. She was a founding member of the Department of Anthropology when it became a separate entity from the Sociology Department in 1967. She provided the first exposure to anthropology for thousands of students at Alabama. She retired in 1988 as emeritus faculty...
...Throughout her life she received many awards, including a faculty grant by The University of Alabama (1969), Alabama Consortium of Higher Education Award (1973), Charlton W. Tebeau Literary Award from Florida Historical Society (for Ikwa of the Temple Mounds), Alabama Author Award and Alabama Library Association Award (1980, for Tiny Bat and the Ball Game).
Margaret was very proud of her work, including U.S. Congressional testimony associated with the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians. One of her most cherished honors was being officially adopted by the MOWA Choctaw tribe...
(birthday post from 2016, with booklist)
From the Pelican Publishing Company:
...Searcy's series for the intermediate reader is based upon extensive archaeological data and ethno-historic accounts. All of the details in Eyr the Hunter: A Story of Ice-Age America have been carefully researched. Searcy visited an archaeological site that had been occupied by a band society. She also studied Arctic animals and viewed the bones of the extinct giant animals that are depicted in the story. In addition, she read reports about more modern bands who hunted elephants (closely related to ancient mammoths) with spears.
Ikwa of the Mound-Builder Indians was dramatized on Alabama Public Television and aired numerous times as a part of the school curriculum. In 1976, Ikwa of the Mound-Builder Indians won the Charlton W. Tebeau Prize of the Florida Historical Society for the “best children's or young adults' book dealing with a Florida-related subject.” Pelican has reissued Ikwa and has released the companion volumes to this acclaimed book, Wolf Dog of the Woodland Indians and The Charm of the Bear Claw Necklace.
Her fact and fantasy series for the younger reader adapts Indian myths and legends to the problems of the multi-ethnic classroom, while teaching basic biology...