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Author: Richard Thornton

Who built Cahokia?

Sophisticated archaeological studies of Cahokia Mounds National Historic Landmark in southern Illinois have greatly broadened the understanding of the great town’s development, but also raised several unanswered questions. A six decade old orthodoxy of American archeologists was irrefutably shattered by these studies.

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Native American Studies in Southeastern Universities

During the past week, I have been setting up email address files so we can communicate better with the academic community. As you have probably guessed, we have raised the bar on the research reports being made available to the general public. The People of One Fire web site has a lot of credibility now and we are going to use that credibility to seek research grants and/or paying clientele.

The process requires that I go through the bio’s of all history, anthropology, architecture and genetics professors to see who has expressed interest in the culture or history of the indigenous peoples of the Southeast. So far, among history professors, I have found four historians, two of them of Creek decent – the other two are by appearance, Caucasians. No genetics professors expressed interest in Native American DNA. No architecture professors expressed interest in any of the indigenous architecture of the Americas . . . even at my alma mater, Georgia Tech, where I once taught Mesoamerican architecture. Those courses are no longer offered.

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Nodoroc and the Bohurons

Nodoroc and the Bohurons contains excerpts from J.G.N. Wilson’s famous book, The Early History of Jackson County Georgia, and chapters include Nodoroc, The Wog, the Bohurons and Yamacutah, the mysterious site where the Great...

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Yamacutah, the Place Where God Came Down to Earth

During recent decades, revisionist authors and film makers have sought to define Western Plains Indians as human beings with souls and a beautiful way of life. The same cannot be said of the far more numerous Southeastern Indians. Three movies filmed between 1951 and 1953 presented factually inaccurate caricatures of the Seminoles. Walt Disney portrayed near naked Red Stick Creeks, wearing Mohawk haircuts, being frightened away by the sudden appearance of Davy Crockett . . . and that’s it. During the filming of “Deliverance” in 1969, Burt Reynolds wore a Creek longshirt in between filming of white water canoeing scenes. His original character of a suburban Native American getting back to nature was deleted in the final cut.

The world described by 18th century eyewitness accounts of William Bartram, James Adair, James Oglethorpe and John Sevier has been replaced by sterile historical highlights, manipulated to conform to presumptions of the past. The activities of a few Native “big-shots” have become the history of the Native peoples as a whole. Government agencies have magnified the importance of contemporary federally-recognized tribes and erased the existence of such people as the Yuchi, Itsate Creeks, Chickasaw, Shawnee and Koasati.

We take you back to a time when more people spoke Itsate (Hitchiti) within the present boundaries of Georgia than any other language. English was second. Muskogee was third. Yuchi was fourth and Spanish-Jewish-Arabic Creole was fifth. The articles contain excerpts from the newly published book, “Nodoroc and the Bohurons,” from Ancient Cypress Books of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Kenimer Mound – GIS Studies

Routine GIS work by a county planning department has resulted in a major archaeological discovery. Mounds, ceremonial earthworks and what appear to be hydraulic structures were build around the massive earthen pyramid. Archaeologists had previously assumed that it was an isolated monument that was abandoned soon after its creation. It appears to have been the center of a major town.

A long forgotten archaeological report in the mid-20th century described a U-shaped earthwork just north of the Kenimer Mound. The archaeologist was not aware of the Kenimer Mound and pondered why a structure that was identical to a southern Mexican ball court was doing in the Georgia Mountains. The earthwork is now covered by dense vegetation, but does appear on infrared and Lidar scans. A second U-shaped earthwork has just been discovered by the GIS analysis.

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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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