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Coming next – an entire book on the Taino People

Coming next – an entire book on the Taino People

Gene Waddell,  a retired professor from the College of Charleston has graciously given the People of One Fire his latest book to post on our website.  The Taino in 1492 is an anthropological landmark.  No attempt was made to create such a comprehensive book on these people, since Charles de Rochefort wrote The Caribbean Islands in 1658.

If Gene’s name sounds familiar,  he was the author several decades ago of The Indians of the South Carolina Low Country.   It is still the most authoritative reference on that subject.   His books are designed to be used as references for scholars researching Indigenous American cultures.  I keep his books on a table beside my computer table!

Gene is currently in Argentina doing research on the indigenous people of Tierra del Fuego . . . for an upcoming book.  We wish him the best in his many adventures.

Unfortunately,   publishing a book on Word Press has its limitations.  Each chapter of the book will be a separate article posted on the People of One Fire.  I apologize for that somewhat awkward situation, but there were no other options.

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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.

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  1. ScottJKendall@yahoo.com'

    Glad to know about this! Very excited to see it up on the web-site, thanks for posting it!

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