The Apalache Chronicles, by Charles de Rochefort ~ Marilyn Rae ~ Richard Thornton
In 1653 an English gentlemen from Barbados made a remarkable journey through the mountains of what is now the states of Georgia and North Carolina. In 1658 an even more remarkable French Huguenot minister included the descriptions of that journey in a voluminous book on the people, flora and fauna of the Caribbean Basin. This book was very popular in the late 1600s, and forgotten in the 1700s. American scholars have disdained it as a fantasy novel, because it described stone temples and shrines on the mountaintops of Georgia, plus large Native towns on the mountainsides and in the valleys. The times have changed. To preview or order book, Ancient Cypress Press
Richard Thornton is an award-winning professional architect and city planner, who has written numerous books on the Native Americans of the Southeastern United States. He has lived in the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina or Virginia most of his life. Richard is best known for his appearance on the internationally broadcast History Channel program, “America Unearthed, the Mayas in Georgia.” The program was based entirely on Richard’s book, “Itsapa, the Itza Mayas in Georgia.”
Richard holds a Professional Degree in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban Planning from Georgia State University. He was the first recipient of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and city planning in Mexico. Richard was the Architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial in Tulsa.
Marilyn A. Rae
Marilyn Rae is a writer whose poetry has been published in many journals over the years. She is also an experienced editor, and was, for several years, Editor-in-Chief of the well-regarded poetry journal, Romantics Quarterly. Holding a degree cum laude in Spanish Language and Literature from Boston University, Marilyn is also a translator and the author of St. John of the Cross:Selected Poems. In addition, Marilyn is an artist and a composer whose work has been performed in the United States and in Great Britain.
Marilyn has had a lifelong interest in History, and became more deeply involved in researching Native American History while looking for answers to puzzles in her own family’s background. Charles de Rochefort’s remarkable 17th century description of the Province of Apalache in the Southern Highlands of the United States is analyzed by Native American historian Richard Thornton and linguist Marilyn A. Rae. This is a groundbreaking book that changes the understanding of the Southeast’s past.
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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.
Latest posts by Richard Thornton (see all)
- Kansas Indians on the Coosa River of Alabama and Georgia - July 23, 2017
- We Danced to Dedicate our Lives to Creator and Our People - July 21, 2017
- Video: Ice Age forest found under the waters off the Alabama coast - July 20, 2017
- The “America Unearthed” garden . . . five years later - July 19, 2017
- Sacred Dances Meet Vital Needs of the Community by Ghost Dancer - July 19, 2017