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Business opportunity for Southeastern Native American farmers

Business opportunity for Southeastern Native American farmers


Yaupon Wellness Company, Inc. of Savannah, Georgia is opening a retail store on the thriving waterfront of Downtown Savannah.  The building is very close to where Tamachichi’s Yamacraw village was located.  Principal Chief Chikili told General James Edward Oglethorpe, the first supervising trustee of Savannah that the first capital of the Creek Confederacy was where Downtown Savannah is located today. The company is inviting Native American farmers and gardeners to distribute their herbs and dried food products through their store.  If you produce some other non-perishable indigenous food or beverage product, Yaupon Wellness would be delighted to discuss its sales potential with you.

Yaupon Holly is a cousin of the Asian tea plant.

Yaupon is one of the pioneers in the processing of yaupon holly leaves for commercial tea in the United States.  Recognizing the extreme significance of yaupon tea to the Creek’s cultural tradition,  the company uses the Creek & Panoan word for the Sacred Black Drink as its brand-name . . . ASI.    Its yaupon bushes are wild and organic.  The leaves are picked by hand.  In Pre-Columbian times, the Savannah Area was the premier location for the cultivation of yaupon holly.  Its dried leaves were exported all over eastern North America by Uchee traders based there.  Almost all of nearby Osabaw Island was covered in yaupon orchards.  In fact, the original name of Osabaw was Asibo, which means “Yaupon Holly – Place of.”  Asibo is a Panoan word from Satipo Province, Peru.   Yaupon is closely related to the species of holly in South America used to brew mate’.   Apparently,  Panoan emigrants to present day Georgia recognized this and gave the yaupon their name for the mate’ holly in their homeland.  If you are interested in marketing through Yaupon Wellness or in purchasing their products, please contact:

Yaupon Wellness Company, Inc.

1101 Chatham Parkway Unit E-4 31408 Savannah, GA

+1 (912) 335-7108

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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.



    Good and positive news is always good to hear! This is great!

    • Now this company is serious and are very much in support of traditional Native American values. I hope many of you out there take advantage of the opportunity. One could not find a better way to sell the products of your herb garden to the masses.


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