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“Breaking the Maya Code” now featured on Netflix

“Breaking the Maya Code” now featured on Netflix

On January 31, 2016,  Netflix began featuring the outstanding documentary, “Breaking the Maya Code.”   It is the fascinating story of one of the greatest achievements of anthropology in the 20th century.   Almost anyone interesting in the indigenous peoples of the Americans will enjoy it.  However, the program is a must-see for those of you with Creek, Seminole, Miccosukee or Koasati ancestry.

Post Classic Itza Script simplified the glyphs of the Classic Mayas, but they are easily recognizable as equivalents.  If you watch the program carefully, you will see Itza glyphs that appear on art at Etowah Mounds and on Boulder Six of the Track Rock petroglyphs.  I repeatedly saw the Royal Sun glyph on Classic Maya inscriptions in the program.  Also, common was the glyph for mako or king.

Boulder Six at Track Rock Gap - Illustration from the book, "Itsapa, the Itza Mayas in North America."

Boulder Six at Track Rock Gap – Illustration from the book, “Itsapa, the Itza Mayas in North America.”

The archaeologist, who surveyed Track Rock in 2001 and was a paid spokesman for the US Forest Service in 2012 and 2012, called those Maya glyphs,   “Graffiti carved by bored Cherokee hunters.”

Look closely at the pubic guards of figures carved on shell gorgets in Georgia, Alabama and eastern Tennessee.  Those abstract symbols are Itza Maya glyphs!   Each one is unique for the political office held by the person on the gorget.

This is the Itza glyph used for the priestess of Kukulkan at Etowah Mounds.  It is quite similar to the one for a male Priest-King on Track Rock's Boulder Six.

This is the Itza glyph used for the priestess of Kukulkan at Etowah Mounds. It is quite similar to the one for a male Priest-King on Track Rock’s Boulder Six.  In the program, I noticed it on an inscription at Palenque in Chiapas State.

 

Enjoy the program!

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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.

2 Comments

  1. suerockoriginals@yahoo.com'

    This program is spectacular! Thank you so much for posting this!

    Reply
    • Sue,
      Wait till you read about the shock I just had while watching the program!

      Reply

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