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Artifacts: Uchee (Euchee/Yuchi) Bobcat Clan jars

Artifacts:  Uchee (Euchee/Yuchi) Bobcat Clan jars

The Bobcat Effigy Jar above was found in the valley below a terrace complex  just north of Atlanta. The jar is about 10 inches tall and 12 inches long.  It is in my personal collection.

The painted jar below was found in a stone crypt within the Nacoochee Mound in 1915 by amateur archaeologist,  George Heye. It is on display at the New York City Branch of the National Museum of the American Indian.  This jar displays the same concentric circle motifs that are seen on nearby petroglyphs in North Georgia, but also on petroglyphic boulders in southwestern Ireland, southwestern Iberia and the Oresund Channel in Southern Scandinavia.   Uchee priests believed that the concentric circle motif represented a time portal.

It is interesting that the Bobcat Jar above has a Southern Mexican “feeling’ to it, while the style of the Bobcat Jar below is a style more typical of Northern Mexico and often portrays Chihuahua dogs.   Quite a few Chihuahua jars have been found near Phenix City, AL and Columbus, GA in the heart of Muskogee Creek country.


For sometime, I have been convinced that the Koasati People were originally the Bobcat Clan of the Uchee, who acquired an Itsate Creek elite and over time began speaking a hybrid language.  Kosasati is the Anglicization of the the Itsate Creek word,  Kowasi-te, with means “Bobcat People.”

Intense occupation of both the Upper Chattahoochee River Valley began with the Deptford Culture, which originated out of Savannah, GA around 1000 BC.   The Deptford Culture appears to be Uchee.

What seems to have happened is that bands of Uchee spread northward from Savannah, becoming in the Southern Applachians, the Bobcat and Bear Clans.  Apparently, the Bear Clan was also present in the Nacoochee Valley.  Nacoochee is the Anglicization of Nokose, which means “bear” in Creek.

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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.



    I really like that jar, your really lucky to have a piece of history. Why did they feel the need to make there vessels look so weird.

    • Maybe in their minds they were not so weird-looking. Of course, a wildcat can make some mighty weird expressions . . . as can the family pet cat when she is in heat or he is in rut. LOL


        The just remind me of my X that`s all she made the same expression`s of displeasure, lol.


    Do have any more details on the “time portal” aspect of that figure? Do you mean they believed they believed in time travel?


    I agree with the spiral representing either time travel or travel to another dimension or space/time. I’m intrigued by these jars. Surely they were ceremonial? What do you think?


    I might have to disagree with you on this one Richard. Looks more like a possum, ok an opossum to me. I think if it were a bobcat the body would be more elongated & slimmer with the hind legs being slightly longer that the front. For me the give away is the facial expression. I know you have probably seen a few possims in your lifetime as I have. Need I say how intimidating, yet frightened & scared they appear when engaged. I remember how some of the boys use to torment and kill the poor animals for no reason at all. Or worse purposefully swerve in tgeir vehicle just to run over them. I never understood why anyone would hurt or kill and animal just for the hell of it. However, I do remember how they loved to raid granny’s hen house. Still, I felt sorry for the little critters. Did you know that some country folk use to keep possums as pets. I remember when i was a kid in middle Georgia there was a buddy of mine who use to have a pet possum named “Pearly or Purly.” Anyway that’s what it looks like to me. BTW, have you ever heard of the Goat Man? He use to travel all over Georgia with his goats.

    • A possum has a much longer snout and a straight rat-like tail.


    Here in Oklahoma I have been finding seven animal deities that appear to be helmets and ballcourts I believe that the mountain lion is probably the most favored mascot/team of the ancient civilization here prior to the flood the demons would use people for entertainment they would sacrifice the loser to the god of war to keep peice much like nowadays the demons started juiceing the athlete’s execpt they would cross people dna with human dna to make super athlete’s “the stone giants” were “pig people” or “philistine caininites” pre-historic sloths are what they are called in museums today and we have re-created one in a lab not to long ago I saw on CNN pigs don’t stop growing until they die and do not sweat so they wore ceramic armour hence stone giants they wore goats atop their head like a helmet but there were regular men wearing boar skull helmets that were probably sacrificed on a regular basis after those games judging by the stature of the pre historic sloths in the museums if you look them up you will notice all but one of the skulls on image search has been butchered by some Dawson please-aint-a-tologist and the goat skin atop thier head was probably confusing to them


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