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Author: Richard Thornton

Who were the Kofitachiki?

The Kofitachiki ethnic trail spans from Lake Erie to Cartagena, Colombia. The modern Catawba tribe in the Carolinas originated as a cluster of polyglot villages under the domination of an Itza-Muskogean elite. The home territory of this Itza-Muskogean elite was the area between Atlanta and Gainesville, GA – not South Carolina. The Katvpa composed one of the principal provinces of the old Mountain Apalache kingdom. In 16th century South Carolina it was merely one town.

Look on the pre-Revolutionary War 18th century maps, if you don’t believe me about the Georgia Katapa. The etymology of Catawba is still valid, but after reading the texts of 17th century French ethnologist, Charles de Rochefort this past summer, I am not sure who in the heck the Kofitachiki were! The town name may mean, “Offspring of mixed-heritage people” and the town’s residents may have been Caribs!

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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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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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