Gail Thrower, Atmore


Gail Thrower (1992)

Gale Thrower Holding a Pine Needle Basket

Gail Thrower (1943-2011) is a Poarch Creek Indian who worked on their reservation near Atmore. She served as tribal historian/librarian and is the only granddaughter of the last tribal medicine man. Ms. Thrower is a cornucopia of knowledge of tribal lore, especially her expertise in Native American foodways. She is most generous in sharing knowledge of her heritage with others. Frequently, she gives foodways demonstrations and talks to schools and other groups.

Ms. Thrower has participated in the Alabama Folklife Festival, the Moundville Native American Festival, as well as others. As a leader and articulate spokesperson for Native Americans, she is a member of the Poarch Creek Arts Council and the Alabama Indian Resource Center Advisory Board.