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Bearded Foreigners from Tabasco

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 abandonedNow, 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.

Most of the buildings at Tama were plastered with a sophisticate stucco which mixed white clay, hydrated lime and crushed mussel shells.


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Richard, a Bronze age breaded trade people of Georgia where there is the finest Gold and where Native people that used Copal (bdellium in the Torah) seems to correspond to a land called “Havilah” in the Torah. Villah-ermosa (Villah) is a proto Celtic word for Village or city… do you know if that word was used by any Native people as well? The Apalache seems to have originated in Peru…then migrated to Tabasco and then to Georgia…then some perhaps to Europe. The Apalache of the 1600’s seem to have the same attire of the Laplanders? Thanks for the Articles.

    • I wish we could get more archaeologists interesting in researching the Bearded Americans. Garth Norman seems to be one of the few.


        Richard, The Torah mentions “corn stalks” being grown in Egypt when the Hebrews lived there for 430 years? Also Cocaine and tobacco in trace amounts was found in some of the Egyptian mummies…3 items from the Americas. Somebody was crossing the Atlantic:

        “In the study, samples were taken from nine mummies that were dated from between 1070 B.C. to 395 A.D. The samples including hair, skin and muscle were taken from the head and abdomen. Bone tissue was also taken from the skull. All tissues were pulverized and dissolved in NaCl solution, homogenized, and centrifuged. A portion of the supernatant was extracted with chloroform and dried and then dissolved in a phosphate buffer. Samples were then measured by both radioimmunoassay (Merck; Biermann) and gas chromatography / mass spectrometry (Hewlett Packard) – hereinafter GCMS. “

        • That’s the British English meaning of corn . . . wheat. Generally, American corn is not eaten by Europeans, except as a refined product such as corn fructose. Cocaine and nicotine HAVE been found inside mummies. That fact remains a mystery.


    Richard T., Do you happen to know what skin color the bearded foreigners from Tabasco had?
    The following article on ‘The Mysterious Bearded Indians” can be found on blogspot.

    blogspot publication date: June 17, 2008

    Who Are The Mysterious Bearded Indians?

    Who Are The Mysterious Bearded Indians? Part 1.
    A Strange Tribe, With Strange Customs and Strange Physical Characteristics, Is Being Investigated in South America. Are They Truly Indians or Are They Descendants of Some Other People?
    Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation
    SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN magazine, June 1928. Researched by Alan Schenker; digitized by Doug Frizzle February 2012.

    The article is about a native tribe who seemingly are Oceanian in origin.

    Someone left an interesting comment posted on November 27, 2016:

    Normandie Kent said…

    “Oh they are Indians are right, samething as Native Americans. The Chumash Indians were another Native tribe that lived in Pacifc Coastal Southern California who lived in the Channel Islands and the Mainland, who had Australoid like features. They had wavy hair and lush thick facial hair, they were also one of the few True seafaring Natives who build Planked canoes. They were called the Chumash Indians, when the Spanish stumbled upon them on their islands they called the island of Santa Cruz or ( Limuw) , “island of the Bearded Men”. The missionaries stated that they look like “Australoids”.

    I have no idea what the source is of the individual who says Santa Cruz island / Limuw is “island of the bearded men” and the statement by Missionaries stating that they (Chumash) look like Australoids.
    Although the source is unknown it’s still very interesting that the individual posted that comment.


    • Well, the Creeks are bearded Indians also and their skin color was similar to that of Southeast Asians.


        Very interesting. There have been many theories on the origin of the Polynesians one of them being that Polynesians originated in Island Southeast Asia. My personal opinion is that people living in Polynesia have various degrees of mixed dna. One might be closer to Island Southeast Asia, another closer to Melanesia while others have their origins elsewhere such as some of the Maori.

        I have possibly found the source the individual was talking about in the comment on the blog article posted in the earlier post.

        The Rock Paintings of the Chumash: A Study of a California Indian Culture

        Publication year: 1965

        by Campbell Grant

        Chapter Three: The People – Culture

        page 31:
        Quote: “As this manuscript was going through final revision, an article on the Cessac expedition was published in Paris with three excellent photographs of a Chumash Indian. These are shown here and in figure 62. These pictures will come as something of a shock to those accustomed to the smooth-chinned and hawk-nosed image of the American Indian. The features of this Indian are more Austroloid than Mongoloid, and the beard is a feature often noted by the explorers. The diarists said that some of the men kept their beards plucked with clamshell tweezers – Father Ascensión called Santa Cruz Island the island of the bearded people.”

        Page 32 shows Figure 21: A samala Chumash from the Santa Ynez Valley. From a collection of recently discovered photographs taken by Léon de Cessac in 1878. (Collection Musée de l’Homme, Paris)


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