Bearded Foreigners from Tabasco
There was a very interesting statement in the video program on the Pre-Classic Maya city of Izapa, produced by archaeologist Garth Norman. It stated that “bearded foreigners from southern Mexico migrated to Izapa, after the Olmec (actually Zoque) city of La Venta was abandoned.” The real Olmecs were Nahuatls, who migrated into southern Mexico about 1500 years after La Venta was abandoned. Now, who do we know that also wore mustaches and beards? The Itsate-speaking Creeks of the Altamaha, Oconee and Ocmulgee River Basins.
Tamv, pronounced Tă : mäu, means “trade” in Totonac, Itza Maya and Itsate (Hitchiti) Creek.
Altamaha means Place of – Trade – River in Itza Maya and Itsate Creek. Georgia Creeks used the Maya word for river, haw, and the Maya word for stream, hawche (hvci). However, Oklahoma Creeks now use the Maya for for a stream for both a stream and a river. However, both branches of the Creeks still use the Itza suffix for small “che”.
Tama means “town” in Chickasaw, Kansa (Kaw) and Southern Shawnee.
Tama means “Indian corn” in Middle Shawnee.
This is funny. Mexican anthropologists have never figured out the true meaning of the name of the State of Tamaulipas. I don’t know why, because it is obviously two Itza words, combined with the “li” [re with a hard roll] suffix for people, used by Bronze Age Irish and the Uchee of Georgia. Tamaulipas means “Trade People – Place of” in Itsate Creek. The colonists in the Upper Altamaha Basin probably originated in southern Mexico, but next lived in Tamaulipas until forced to flee after the Chichimecs invaded the region around 1250 AD. The Tamauli introduced the Green Corn Festival and a solar calendar beginning on the Summer Solstice to the Southeastern United States. Their descendants, who live near Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico still are the only indigenous people, who eat corn on the cob and celebrate the Green Corn Festival. Yes, they also eat lots of tamales!
The Province of Tama
When the Hernando de Soto entered the Creek Motherland in south-central Georgia during early spring of 1540, the conquistadors were astonished to encounter a culturally advanced people, who averaged about a foot taller than most Europeans at that time. The men wore mustaches and turbans. The male leaders wore beards. Female leaders wore turbans, but shaved every day. <joke> All the people wore brightly colored and ornately patterned clothing. The Spaniards were in the province of Tama . . . formerly the birthplace of the Apalache Civilization. The Apalache called that region Amana, after the name of their invisible sun goddess. In essence, she was conceived as a female YHWH. The province was located around the most southern sections of the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers, plus the northern section of the Altamaha River.
The Tamaule spoke a language very close to Itza Maya. I can easily translate all their surviving proper nouns and many of their other words with an Itza dictionary. The remaining words in their language were either Muskogean or Panoan.
There is something else. Astonishingly, even as late as 1776, the tulamako or capital of Tama was still laid out like a Pre-Columbian Creek town. We know this because William Bartram visited there and sketched the public structures of the town. It had all the architectural elements of La Venta . . . plus a massive, cone-shaped chokopa, which could hold at least 500 people.
Many branches of the Creek Confederacy traced their origin to southern Mexico. The Kaushete and Miccosukee had enough details in their migration legends to pinpoint the geographical location of their homeland. Both tribes originated in the territory of the “Olmec” Civilization. In fact, Miccosukee is derived from the Itza-Itzate Creek word, mako-soke, which means “Leaders of the Civilized People.” It is clear that the same ethnic group dispatched emigrants to both Izapa and Southeastern North America. The next video on the People of One Fire Channel of Youtube will focus on Tama and the Tamale Province.
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