Very similar art portrays the ritual burning of copal in southern Mexico and northern Georgia. Although not mentioned in the premier of America Unearthed, the shared art themes have proven to be the most powerful evidence of all that Mesoamerican refugees settled in the Creek Homeland. Research since the History Channel program was filmed has discovered that the Track Rock Complex was called Great Copal by Spanish colonists in Santa Elena. An Englishman, who visited the Georgia Mountains in 1651 stated that a fragrant incense was burned constantly in the mountainside and mountain top temples of the Apalache People in northern Georgia. The Apalache Alliance was the predecessor of the Creek Confederacy.
A bushy variety of copal still grows along some streams in the Georgia Mountains. It was used by Native Americans and mountaineers as a psychotropic medicine for treating headaches and severe pain. It is not mentioned in botanical references, but nevertheless, is a fact.
If interested in learning more, go to: Great Copal
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