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A Beginning of a New Tradition . . . and a Good Tradition

A Beginning of a New Tradition . . . and a Good Tradition




Native American Heritage is America’s Heritage.  It is time for Native Americans to lead the land that they love!

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Ahh….but when does indigenous start? It seems that the country has been a home for refugees from various countries since…at least deeply into BC. Well before the United States began, there were confederacies of refugees here in the South, but also in the North with the Iriquois nations. Perhaps it is the nature of the Land which gives rise to a sense that the Creator, not governments or any individual gives us the unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


    Richard, it is the belief of many, including me, that the Muscogee calendar is approximately 25,920 years long, the same as the Mayan calendar – with one exception. The Muscogee calendar ends (and begins again) on the summer solstice whereas the Mayan calendar ends (and begins again) on the winter equinox. It is believed by some that when the calendar “rolled over” that it was time for a GRAND CYCLE RENEWAL – not the normal annual renewal that is done in properly blessed and run Square Grounds at the Green Corn ceremony every year. It is further believed that after a GRAND CYCLE RENEWAL, a new epoch is initiated. The epoch that began at the last “roll over” in 2012 is to be a spiritual evolution and Native American people over time will lead this. I was privileged to be involved a GRAND CYCLE RENEWAL in 2012. This spiritual evolution may start slowly but will build momentum over time. I believe it will start in the Creek community among those who believes and understands. Yes, it is time for Native Americans to lead the land they love.


      Which doesn’t mean that the Creek leadership of this spiritual evolution will even be recognizable as Creek, perhaps not even to themselves. The Creek confederacy is an amalgam of peoples, as Richard’s work has made evident. About the only DNA strains not represented are Italian, Greek, Asian and Germanic. I still postulate, although this is not logical, that it is a spirit in the land itself that expresses itself to and through peoples living close to the land who also have receptive DNA.


      Sorry about the typo. Calendar length should be 25,920.


    Columbus has been highly overrated. I agree.


    Sorry about the typo above. The length of the Muscogee calendar mentioned in my above comment is incorrect – it should read 25,920. This is also the length of time it takes the Precession of the Equinoxes (72 years) to complete a circle (360 degrees) as seen from earth, ie 72 X 360. Again, sorry about the typo.


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