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Are you Taino, Arawak, Carib, Tupi or Eastern Peruvian?

Are you Taino, Arawak, Carib, Tupi or Eastern Peruvian?

 

The People of One Fire needs your help! . . . ¡People of One Fire necesita tu ayuda!

Would you believe that Southwest Metro Atlanta, GA, Metro Birmingham, AL and Tellico Plains, TN in the USA were Arawak territories?

¿Creerías que Southwest Metro Atlanta, GA, Metro Birmingham, AL y Tellico Plains, TN in el EUA eran territorios de Arawak?

Over the past eleven years, our researchers have identified a vast area of the Southeastern United States that was occupied at the time of European Contact by peoples, who originated in the Caribbean Basin or northern South America.  They were in Florida . . . central and northeast Alabama . . . coastal, central, west-central and the Coosawatee River Basin in Georgia . . . coastal and central South Carolina . . . eastern Tennessee . . . western North Carolina . . . and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia.  Just yesterday, I discovered that one of the towns visited by Juan Pardo in South Carolina had an Arawak name . . . Quinahaque, which means “Quinine (Cinchona) Trees – Place of.”

The problem is that your cultural traditions were pretty much erased by the traumatic events of the Colonial Period and early days of the United States.  Native American descendants in the Southeastern United States at least remember some of their Uchee, Muskogean, Shawnee or Cherokee heritage, but most of us only know what we have read about your cultural traditions. Many of our Creek traditions actually came from Mesoamerica or Peru.  I studied Mesoamerican culture in Mexico, but I have never even been among Arawaks.

We would greatly appreciate your contributions to this website.  We welcome you as one of us . . . whether you are from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, the Virgin Islands, Brazil or whatever.  Many of us can communicate in Spanish.  We have several members, who are fluent in Spanish . . . even teach Spanish.    If you would like to post articles and videos about your heritage, please contact us at People of One Fire@aol.com.

Thank You!

Richard Thornton, POOF Editor

En español

En los últimos once años, nuestros investigadores han identificado una vasta área del sudeste de los Estados Unidos que estaba ocupada en el momento del contacto europeo entre los pueblos, que se originaron en la cuenca del Caribe o en el norte de América del Sur. Estaban en Florida. . . Alabama central y noreste. . . costera, central, centro-oeste y la cuenca del río Coosawatee en Georgia. . . costero y central de Carolina del Sur. . . este de Tennessee. . . Carolina del Norte occidental. . . y el Valle de Shenandoah de Virginia y Virginia Occidental. Ayer mismo, descubrí que una de las ciudades visitadas por Juan Pardo en Carolina del Sur tenía un nombre Arawak. . . Quinahaque, que significa “Quinine (Cinchona) Trees – Place of”.

El problema es que sus tradiciones culturales quedaron prácticamente borradas por los eventos traumáticos del Período Colonial y los primeros días de los Estados Unidos.  Los descendientes de nativos americanos en el sudeste de los Estados Unidos al menos recuerdan algo de su herencia Uchee, Muskogean, Shawnee o Cherokee, pero la mayoría de nosotros solo conocemos lo que hemos leído sobre sus tradiciones culturales.  Muchas de nuestras tradiciones Creek en realidad vinieron de Mesoamérica o Perú.  Estudié la cultura mesoamericana en México, pero nunca he estado entre los arahuacos.

Agradeceríamos mucho sus contribuciones a este sitio web. Le damos la bienvenida como uno de nosotros. . . si usted es de Puerto Rico, Cuba, Perú, Colombia, Venezuela, las Islas Vírgenes, Brasil o lo que sea. Muchos de nosotros podemos comunicarnos en español. Tenemos varios miembros que dominan el español. . . incluso enseñar español Si desea publicar artículos y videos sobre su patrimonio, contáctenos en People of One Fire@aol.com.

¡Gracias!

Richard Thornton, editor de POOF

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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.

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We are now celebrating the 11th year of the People of One Fire. In that time, we have seen a radical change in the way people receive information. The magazine industry has almost died. Printed newspapers are on life support. Ezines, such as POOF, replaced printed books as the primary means to present new knowledge. Now the media is shifting to videos, animated films of ancient towns, Youtube and three dimensional holograph images.

During the past six years, a privately owned business has generously subsidized my research as I virtually traveled along the coast lines and rivers of the Southeast. That will end in December 2017. I desperately need to find a means to keep our research self-supporting with advertising from a broader range of viewers. Creation of animated architectural history films for POOF and a People of One Fire Youtube Channel appears to be the way. To do this I will need to acquire state-of-art software and video hardware, which I can not afford with my very limited income. Several of you know personally that I live a very modest lifestyle. If you can help with this endeavor, it will be greatly appreciated.

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