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The fascinating sketchbook of Phillip Georg Von Reck

  After leading three voyages of Salzburg Refugees from England to Georgia,  Georg Von Reck never actually developed his own 500 acre estate.  Eventually, he returned to Hanover, Germany, but soon moved to Denmark, where he practiced medicine for the rest of his life. It is a good thing.  The Kungl Dansk Biblioteket (Royal Danish Library) has the beautiful sketchbook that he maintained in Georgia and it is now online . . . with an English version.   I found the website by doing a Google Search in Swedish!  To see high resolution photos of each page of the book,...

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Where did the Uchee’s live?

  Part Five of the Series,  Southeast Georgia and the World of Pernell Roberts This is a question, which is asked me regularly.  The confusion is directly the responsibility of the past two generations of academicians, who have not done their homework.  They just parrot each other’s speculations without studying our indigenous languages or the colonial archives . . . even at academic conferences devoted to the Uchee.  No one in academia seems to know that a host of indigenous ethnic names in the Lower Southeast mean “Water People.” Any tribe in the Southeast, who had a “ree” or...

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Long tailed wildcats appear to migrate en masse

  A neighbor, whose family have lived in the Nacoochee Valley since the late 1800s, was getting tires on his truck at the same time as I was getting two tires on my old Explorer.  I had noticed threads appearing where there used to be treads.  LOL   I asked him about the long tailed, spotted wildcat I saw earlier in the week.   He said, “yes” he had been seeing them for at least 40 years.   He said that two were hit by cars in northwestern South Carolina, yet the rangers there, like in other states, deny that they are...

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Footnote: More about the 7 feet tall people of the Okefenokee Swamp

  In yesterday’s long article,  I wanted to keep the discussion in the realm of established facts.  They would surprising enough for most readers, not familiar with the real history of the Lower Southeast.  I also wanted the readers to understand that there is no comprehensive archaeological information about the Okefenokee Swamp Basin and its indigenous inhabitants. All available information points to the Okefenokee Basin being a “Indigenous Garden of Eden” from which advanced cultures in many areas of North America sprang . . . but we don’t know that for a fact.  Most of what little information we...

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The Sun Priestesses of the Okefenokee Swamp

  Part Four of Southeast Georgia and the World of Pernell Roberts Several of the larger mounds in the Okefenokee Swamp contain seven feet tall skeletons! It sounds like the name of a long forgotten, Hollywood fantasy from the 1950s, but actually is a fact of the Southeast’s extraordinary past.  At the time of first contact with French and Spanish explorers, the Okefenokee Swamp was a shallow lake about 50 miles across with several islands in it.   On the largest island, called Sarrope, was an indigenous capital town containing several temples and shrines, dedicated to the invisible sun...

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Bombshell! Archaeologist Arthur Kelly identified an “advanced race” of 7 feet tall Natives in the Okefenokee Swamp . . . 50 years ago!

  Being published later today in POOF is the fourth article in our Southeast Georgia series.  It will blow your mind.   In 1973,  Mary Jewett, Director of the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office, sent letters to the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Bureau, requesting that several mounds in the Okefenokee Swamp be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Actually, an archaeological survey carried out about five years earlier by the famous archaeologist, Arthur Kelly, had identified about 76 mounds and town sites.  However, these particular mounds contained evidence of (and we quote) “an...

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Have you seen a large, spotted, long-tailed wildcat?

  The photo above is of a rare, spotted Jaguarmundi, captured in Costa Rica! The wildcat I saw had the same body proportions, but the spots were more muted, like on an indigenous Bobcat. Also, its tail was furry, like a Bobcat, but very long like a Jaguarmundi. The Ocelot’s tail is not as furry. Bobcats got their name because of their bobbed tail.  However, there was a wildcat in my back woods Friday night that had the body proportions and size of an Ocelot or Jaguarmundi and which looked like a spotted Jaguarmundi.   Such critters are not supposed...

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Footnote: A strange omission in Pernell Roberts life story

  A long time People of One Fire member emailed me last night with a question.  Did the packet sent me have any photos of Pernell Roberts as a baby or child?  No!  There is absolutely nothing about Pernell’s childhood in the packet.  No baby pictures . . . no mention of childhood friends . . . no childhood memories of growing up in Waycross.  His life story, as created by him, begins in high school.   It begins in a big way.  He was obviously very popular in high school.  He was a star athlete, had many girlfriends, played...

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The Okefenokee Swamp . . . narrated by Pernell Roberts

  Part Three of Southeast Georgia and the World of Pernell Roberts Note:  The packet of photocopies sent to me by a law firm in San Francisco, about two weeks after Pernell Roberts’ death in 2010, contains quite a bit of intimate information on him that either is left out of his Wikipedia bio or actually conflicts with it.  The difference is that this packet was prepared by either him personally or perhaps by a secretary under his supervision. The value of this information will become more evident in a forthcoming article of this series on “Being Native American...

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The indigenous faces of the Olmec Civilization

  Founding POOF member, Ric Edwards, sent us this very interesting comparison of indigenous peoples of northern Tabasco and southern Vera Cruz compared to sculptures created by the “Olmec” Civilization.  Some of you might recognize a few Oklahoma Creek faces in there.   That is because several branches of the Creek Confederacy originated in that region.   Mexican anthropologists believe that several of the tribes in that region are of partial Polynesian ancestry.   The oldest skeletons found so far in Mexico are either Southeast Asians or Proto-Polynesians.   The Polynesians are currently believed to have originated in Southeast Asia. By the way, ...

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