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Author: Richard Thornton

The Mesoamerican Origin of the Word: Etowah

Best known as the name of a large “Mississippian” town site in northwestern Georgia, the word “Etowah” can be found as a place name in several states. In its Mvskoke form, it is also part of the title of the Principal Chief of the Muscogee-Creek Nation. The vast majority of Native Americans and scholars presume that it just one of those ancient indigenous words in the Southeast, whose meaning has been lost. They are quite wrong.

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Troyville Archaeological Zone Jonesville, Louisiana

A large town thrived on the Black River in present day Jonesville, LA during the same period that Teotihuacan dominated much of Mexico. The architectural form of the town’s massive principal mound is very similar to that of the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon in Teotihuacan. However, there is something else very intriguing about the Troyville Archaeological Zone. That massive mound in Louisiana was almost the exact same shape and size of the principal earthen pyramid at the Olmec civilization ceremonial center of La Venta in Tabasco State, Mexico. The two archaeological zones are virtually on the same longitude line, but a thousand years separates the construction dates of the two earthen pyramids.

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The Native American Way

Normal humans (i.e. Native Americans) spend their weekends hiking, camping, bow-shooting, visiting archaeological sites, gardening, fishing, hunting, reading, skiing, searching for artifacts, knitting, quilting, playing field sports, painting, carving, sculpting or at least, cooking barbecue with friends or family. They do NOT spend endless hours shooting assault rifles at a target, whose center is a cartoon image of the president or practicing setting off bombs. Both of those latter activities are occurring in my neighborhood even as I write. In fact, they are occurring in many communities across the United States.

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Tamaulipas, Portal Between Two Worlds

In 2006 Ric Edwards, a founding member of POOF, made the outlandish suggestion that many of the Muskogean peoples may have originated in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Ric lived across the Rio Grande from Tamaulipas. A few months later, an OMG moment occurred. Another founding member of POOF, Dr. Deborah Clifton of Louisiana, emailed me with a discovery. The original name of the section of the Gulf Coast between Mobile Bay and Apalachee Bay was in Spanish, Amichel, but in Maya, Am Ixchel . . . the place of the goddess, Ixchel. The OMG part resulted from me already knowing that Am Ixchel was the original name of the coastal plain of Tamaulipas. The rest is history.

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Origin of the Hillabee and Pee Dee Creek Indians

The Hillabee and Pee Dee Creeks were some of the first contemporary branches of the Creek People to be mentioned by 16th century Spanish explorers. However, Caucasian scholars today give them very little attention, and generally misstate their ethnic identity. Like the Tamatli, Tamahiti, Okonee, Kusa and Kusabo Creeks, surviving 16th century words and modern place names clearly link the Hillabee and Pee Dee with a dual Muskogean-Itza Maya ancestry. They were an Itstate-speaking people, who lived in northern South Carolina and the North Carolina Piedmont in the 1500s and 1600s . . . or may have in fact, originated in Georgia or Florida.

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Shenandoah Valley Archaeological Sites

Shenandoah Valley Archaeological Sites Challenge Orthodoxy about Early Humans in North America

The description of the period in the Southern Appalachians between 9,500 BC and 5,500 BC is generally brief in most books and web sites, or combined with the latter half of the Archaic Period, where much more information is available. Unlike the situation in the arid western portion of North America, no skeletons from this era have been found. Also, no stratified occupation sites have been found in the Appalachian Summit, where the lowest elevations today are 1,500 feet above sea level or greater. A few transient hunting camps have been identified, but these probably date from the period after 6,000 BC. Very few hearths have been confirmed in the higher elevations from which radiocarbon dates could be obtained.

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Link between Creek Mounds to Maya Math

International team of anthropologists link pentagonal Creek mounds to Maya math

A documentary for public television is currently being filmed in Georgia that explores the movements between South America, Mesoamerica and the Southeast of domesticated plants, cultural ideas and people. The project began in December 2012 at the ruins of the Maya city of Chichen Itza at the time of the recycling of the Maya calendar.

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The Information World is changing!

People of One Fire needs your help to evolve with it.

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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