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Author: Richard Thornton

Business opportunity for Southeastern Native American farmers

  Yaupon Wellness Company, Inc. of Savannah, Georgia is opening a retail store on the thriving waterfront of Downtown Savannah.  The building is very close to where Tamachichi’s Yamacraw village was located.  Principal Chief Chikili told General James Edward Oglethorpe, the first supervising trustee of Savannah that the first capital of the Creek Confederacy was where Downtown Savannah is located today. The company is inviting Native American farmers and gardeners to distribute their herbs and dried food products through their store.  If you produce some other non-perishable indigenous food or beverage product, Yaupon Wellness would be delighted to discuss...

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Introduction to Part Three of the Peopling of the Southeast

  Above: During the Late Woodland Period, the Garden Creek sites (600 AD- 800 AD)  contained houses, typical of the Hopewell Culture in Ohio during the previous Middle Woodland Period (100 AD-500 AD), but when reoccupied (1000 AD-1200 AD) contained mounds and artifacts, similar to those in the first phase of Etowah Mounds.  Both occupations at Garden Creek are now labeled “Proto-Cherokee” by some North Carolina and Tennessee archaeologists . . . who received grants from the Eastern Band of Cherokees to write their books.   Before outside economic interests pressured the North Carolina Cherokees into the gambling business...

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Using words to explore the peopling of the Southeast – Part Two

  (Above) View of the “Eastwood Mounds Site” around 700 AD.  It was here, by mixing with the Swift Creek People and Itza traders from far to the south that the Chickasaw developed their distinct architectural and cultural traditions.  Much of the pottery found in this village site is Napier Style.  The Kenimer Mound was immediately to the east of this village.  It is highly likely that laborers from this village, under the supervision of Itza or Kekchi architects, constructed the Kenimer Mound. During this era, Panoans from Peru established the boundaries of what 1200 years later would be...

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Next on POOF: Did Priests from eastern Peru guide the creation of the Hopewell Culture and several astronomical sites in the Southeast?

  In Part Two of our linguistic journey through time, the evidence for trans-Atlantic contacts tapers out, while influences from Pará (Upper Amazon Basin and Andes Foothills) becomes profound.  The oldest known Hopewell Style pottery is NOT in Ohio, but in a town site at the confluence of the Apalachicola and Cipola Rivers in the Florida Panhandle!   I found a north-south line of Eastern Peruvian place names that extends to eastern Ohio which was the heartland of the Hopewell Culture.  On the line that runs north from the mouth of the Apalachicola River are (1)  Kolomoki Mounds,  (2)...

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Using words to explore the peopling of the Southeast – Part One

    The Creek and Cherokee languages are hybrid tongues like Modern English that represent influence from many older cultures in the Americas and Northwestern Europe. Loan words from as far away as Peru and Sweden tell a fascinating story of people, who came to stay . . . long ago.  As late as the 1750s, translators were needed at Cherokee political gatherings so the 14+ bands that composed the alliance could understand each other.  Muskogee was a diplomatic language that the majority of non-Muskogee-speaking provinces, were forced to use in political meetings, when they joined the last version...

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Early Scottish immigrants . . . the joke is on me!

  The previous POOF article under the Humor column was an editorial about the statistically unsound techniques that publicity-hungry genetics professors are using to garner articles about their research in the news media.   The most outrageous recent case was the genetic analysis of a 10,000 year old baby’s skeleton in the Northern Plains.  It had DNA similar to modern American Indians and was near Clovis points.  The academic team then distributed a press release that stated that the skeleton was proof that all American Indians walked over the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska! You can’t do that.  With...

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Why Southeastern Creeks should study Teotihuacan

  The media coverage on the peopling of the Americas is a metaphor of what’s wrong with Southeastern Anthropology today. Generations of people in eastern North America always thought of Mexico as a land almost as distant and exotic as the Amazon Rain Forest.  Even to this day, that mindset is reflected in the orthodoxies of anthropologists in the eastern United States.  No one batted an eye when there was a string of articles and press releases claiming to link Chaco Canyon to Mesoamerican civilization.  Yet any mention of a connection between the Mississippi River Basin and the Southeastern...

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The Red-Haired Giants . . . both kinds

  Background information for the next article on Teotihuacan The internet is filled with articles about a race of giants with red hair, which once inhabited the earth. In fact, giants are mentioned several times in the Hebrew Torah, such as in the Nephilem in the Book of Genesis and Goliath in the Book of Samuel. There is no mention of giants in the Christian New Testament.  However, many, if not most cultures around the world have dim memories of giants, while seven feet tall indigenous Americans exist until this day. Scandinavian pagans had their ice giants and trolls. ...

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A Creek & Uchee Perspective on Unregulated Mass Immigration

  The Georgia Colonial archives not only explain the origin of the ethnic label, “Cracker,” but also provide a warning of what can happen when immigration is not carefully regulated by government officials.  It seems that nations again and again make the same mistakes. In 2015, when I discovered that forgotten wooden box at the Lambeth Palace Library, I not only found the long-lost original copies of the Creek and Uchee Migration Legends, but also gained access to eyewitness accounts of American Colonial history, which were left out of the history texts, read by generations of American students.  They...

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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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