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The Mayas in North America . . . the Spiritual Path begins

  PART TWO  of the Mayas in North America Series There is one thing that Southeastern Native American kids have in common . . . as soon as we can walk, we are out wandering in the woods and fields.  That goes for the boys and girls.  Then for the rest of our lives, we find respectable careers or hobbies that conceal our childlike love of nature. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are good way for Native kids to conceal their shared preference for the woods over electronic games and dolls. In my case, it is quite ironic that...

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Another surprising cultural connection between today’s Kaw Nation and the Kusa People of 1540

  The director of the Kaw Nation Museum in Oklahoma contacted People of One Fire with another surprising cultural connection between the traditions of the Kaw Nation today and the Province of Kusa, visited by the Hernando de Soto Expedition in 1540 AD.  Several of the village names, mentioned by the De Soto Chronicles for locations along the Upper Coosa River and in Northwest Georgia cannot be translated with either Muskogee-Creek or Itsate-Creek dictionaries.  They may well be Kansa (Kaw) words. Spanish chroniclers wrote that in each major town of the Kusa Province,  a large timber was erected in...

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Biochar agriculture at a massive scale on the Savannah River

  No, this is not an architectural rendering of an ancient town in the Upper Amazon Basin! After the end of the First Anglo-Cherokee War in 1762, my Apalache-Creek and Uchee ancestors felt it safe to move up the Savannah River and reoccupy tribal lands in the vicinity of where the Sawakehachee (Broad River) joined the Savannah River.  They were astounded to see many ancient mounds and massive agricultural platforms composed of “black clay,” which produced unimaginable crops of corn, beans, pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes and tobacco.  No one really knew, who had built these man-made Gardens of Eden,...

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OMG! After three centuries, we now know how the Koweta Creeks got their name!

  This information has just been added to the article on the Kansa People, but if you have already read that article, this information will blow your mind . . . if you excuse the pun. Crystal Douglas, Director of the Kaw Nation Museum wrote me to explain the meaning of the Kaw Peoples’ names:  “The Kanza/Kansa is the word for the South Wind. They refer to themselves as the People of the South Wind (Kanza).   Kaw is the Wind or the Wind People.” Ms. Douglas has just answered a three century long riddle.  Why have the Kvwetv (Kaweta)...

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Coosa River named after the Kaw (Kansa, Kansas) People!

  Between 1300 AD and 1600 AD they occupied villages from Guntersville, Alabama to Elberton, Georgia!  During POOF’s focus on Northeast Alabama and Northwest Georgia in 2017, we were astonished to find an archaeological report about what seemed to be a Mandan village on the Coosa River near Rome, GA.   The expeditions of  Hernando de Soto (1540) and Tristan de Luna (1559) passed through this village, but it was abandoned by around 1600 AD.   In every detail, the village’s architecture and site plan matched that of the Arikara, Mandan and Kansa Peoples on the Great Plains in the...

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An example of an archaeology professor pretending to be an anthropologist

  The paragraphs below contain an example of the problems created by archaeologists in the Southeast, pretending to be anthropologists, in such references such as Wikipedia. Poorly researched speculations are presented as orthodox facts that cannot be challenged.  The erroneous statements are multiplied exponentially now because other references, such Encyclopedia Britannica, merely copy Wikipedia articles rather than hiring competent researchers to write original text.  First, POOF will show you a section on the “Cherokee town of Citico” in Wikipedia and then two addenda that I have repeatedly tried to insert in the article, but each time was quickly deleted...

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Strange geo-glyph discovered near Cheoah River in Graham County, NC

  ERSI satellite imagery of Graham County, NC in the extreme western end of that state, has picked up a inexplicable footprint on the soil.   It is located in the flood plain of Yellow Creek near its confluence with the Cheoah River.   This geo-glyph is of the scale of those on the Nazca Plain in Peru.  It appears to be either the footprint of a triangular European fort or an upside-down bat with the head no longer visible . . . but maybe not. This location was in the Province of Chiaha, where Juan Pardo built a fort.  Note...

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The Mayas in North America . . . the Creek Migration Legends

  Part Two of “The Mayas in North America” Series As this series progresses through the decades of study that resulted in our current understanding of the Southeast’s past, I will be intentionally including published statements made by members of the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, the Society for Georgia Archaeology, the Anthropology Department of the University of Georgia, the Anthropology Department of the University of North Georgia, the Florida Archaeological Council, the Anthropology Department of the University of Florida, the Alabama Association of Professional Archaeologists, the North Carolina Archaeological Society, the Anthropology Department of the University of North...

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The Mayas in North America . . . They never forgot their ancient homelands

    Part One of a special anniversary series . . . the Mayas in North America The mountaintop temples of the Apalache-te, whose descendants became known to the British as the Creek Indians, were not filled with statues of blood thirsty gods, but rather with nests for Painted Buntings.  One of the most beautiful birds in the Americas, these Painted Buntings functioned as messengers to the Sun Goddess, who dwelled in their ancient tropical homelands to the south.  The Apalache-te and Itza-te called them by their Mesoamerican name, Tonatzuli.  During the warm months, the Tonatzuli would raise their...

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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.

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