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Call for Native American musicians – Alpine Helen, GA – June 21, 2019

Call for Native American musicians – Alpine Helen, GA  – June 21, 2019

 

The Creek People define “Native American” as any indigenous person from anywhere in the Americas!

The City of Helen, Georgia has offered the Coweta Creek Confederacy, free use of its band shell and Market Platz for celebration of the Creek New Year on the evening of June 21, 2019.  The performances will culminate with a drum-percussion instrument circle in the minutes leading up to the Summer Solstice at 9:01 PM.   Native American musicians & dancers are invited to sing traditional Native American songs or perform Native American instruments and dances before the visitors in Downtown Helen. No electrically amplified musical instruments will be permitted because of past problems in Helen with excessively loud rock bands.  However, we will provide a microphone.  In this first event, sponsored by our tribe, we do not have funds to compensate performers, but it will be excellent exposure, since  Alpine Helen is always crowded on Friday evenings in June.  Temperatures are usually “perfect” that time of year in the Georgia Mountains.  Please contact us at PeopleOfOneFire@aol.com, if you are interested. Indigenous musicians and dancers from Latin America are sincerely welcomed to participate!  Our ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean Basin, Peru and Brazil. We also welcome Sami performers from Scandinavia, since apparently the Uchee People of Georgia are cousins of the Sami and most of Georgia’s petroglyphs are identical to Bronze Age petroglyphs in Scandinavia.

Downtown Helen, Georgia

Pertinent Ordinances of the City of Helen, Georgia

Sec. 58-402. – Market Platz defined.

The Market Platz is that triangular shaped pedestrian area of the downtown city lying on the southerly side of State Highway 75, bounded by State Highway 75, River Street, and a row of privately owned shops, and containing a structures commonly referred to as the “band shell,” and fountain.

(Sec. 58-403. – Market Platz performance area defined.

The Market Platz performance area is that area of the Market Platz bounded: easterly by the rear of the band shell; southerly by the northerly rock face, and rock face extended, of a planter; westerly by the easterly rock face, and rock face extended, of a planter located directly behind the benches placed for band shell seating; and northerly by the southerly rock face, and rock face extended through a walkway, of a wall near Main Street. Less and except from those boundaries is the walkway lying immediately northerly of the band shell and the planter lying immediately southerly of the band shell.

(Ord. No. 10-03-01, 4-6-10)

Sec. 58-404. – Reservation of band shell; permits required for performance in band shell; use of band shell; reservation of performance periods; conditions; exceptions; limitations.

(a) Reservations for events or performances shall be on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, events or performers reserved by the City of Helen, Alpine Helen/White County Convention and Visitors Bureau or the Helen Chamber of Commerce receive priority in reservation of the Market Platz performance area and band shell, until reservations are opened to the public. (b) Reservation of the band shell includes uses of the band shell, but does not include the remainder of the Market Platz area. This area remains open to the public. (c) Permits are required in order to provide performers with the exclusive right to perform, during designated periods, within the Market Platz performance area and to use the band shell itself; (d) Performance times shall be scheduled on a daily basis beginning with the first performance. The period for performances shall be between 10:00 a.m., and 9:30 p.m.; with the last performance of the day concluding no later than 9:30 p.m. (e) Each performance period shall begin on the hour and end upon the half hour or shall begin on the half hour and end on the hour; other than events or performers reserved by the City of Helen, Alpine Helen/White County Convention and Visitors Bureau, or the Helen Chamber of Commerce which may be of longer duration. (f) Performers must be present at least 15 minutes prior to, and begin set up no earlier than 15 minutes prior to, the applicable performance period, and must complete removal within 15 minutes following the applicable performance time, unless the same performer is permitted for consecutive performance times, in which event no removal shall be required between consecutively scheduled performance times. (g) During set up and removal, no audible testing of equipment, voice, amplification, or tuning shall be allowed.

  1. d) Musical entertainment. Any musical entertainment shall be provided in a manner consistent with the peace and good order of the community. The producer of the special event shall be responsible for full compliance with the noise ordinance.
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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.

7 Comments

  1. johnwesleymobley@comcast.net'

    Richard, I would like to thank you very much for the books you have written.
    I bought 4 of them on Lulu.COM and received them in a week.
    I was very impressed with the amount of information you have compiled on native American history. I have not found a book yet that had that much information in one book on Georgia history.

    I bought
    The Nacoochee Valley – Ancient Crossroads of the Americas

    The Nacoochee Valley – Guide to Native American Sites

    The Forgotten History of North Georgia

    Itsapa – The Itza Mayas in North America

    Your detail of the village across from track rock is very impressive.

    When I finish reading the book I want to hike up there with an education and see it for myself.

    Thank you very much Sir!

    John Wesley Mobley

    Reply
    • Thank you John. You will find our POOF series on John Wesley’s time in Georgia very interesting. Apparently, some of my Creek ancestors were living in Palachicola, when he preached there. The Itsapa book is now obsolescent, because we have now identified at least 16 terrace complexes in North Georgia with two more probables that I am going to visit soon. However, the book give the reader an idea of what we knew prior to the broadcast of the premier of America Unearthed on December 21, 2012.

      This is a four part series: https://peopleofonefire.com/how-the-creek-migration-legend-led-to-formation-of-the-methodist-church-part-one.html

      Reply
  2. jamesrhodes666@msn.com'

    Thanks for organizing this-your efforts are greatly appreciated.

    Reply
    • This is going to be a lot of fun for everyone. The Creeks were always friendly*, inclusive people and this event represents that tradition. *Unless certain people were stealing their land! LOL

      Reply
      • IWG42@HOTMAIL.COM'

        Hey Richard
        Thanks for getting this event going!! In the original post you mentioned getting together the day after for a native american potluck dinner , a kind of ” family reunion”. Is that still in the works?
        Also if you need a hand setting up anything the day of let me know what time and i will be there.
        Thanks again to you and all those helping to organize this event.

        Reply
        • That is definitely in the works. I am burning brush and dead limbs today. Will send out the post late PM today.

          Reply
  3. johnwesleymobley@comcast.net'

    Richard, I would like to thank you very much for the books you have written.
    I bought 4 of them on Lulu.COM and received them in a week.
    I was very impressed with the amount of information you have compiled on native American history. I have not found a book yet that had that much information in one book on Georgia history.

    I bought
    The Nacoochee Valley – Ancient Crossroads of the Americas

    The Nacoochee Valley – Guide to Native American Sites

    The Forgotten History of North Georgia

    Itsapa – The Itza Mayas in North America

    Your detail of the village across from track rock is very impressive.

    When I finish reading the book I want to hike up there with an education and see it for myself.

    Thank you very much Sir!

    John Wesley Mobley

    Reply

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