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Do you have questions about the Maya People?

Do you have questions about the Maya People?


North Americans have many misconceptions about the Maya People.  Both Ric Edwards (who dreamed up POOF’s name) and I have literally dined and lived with Maya families in several regions within their homeland.  We know them as friends, not as anonymous laborers working on archaeological sites.  I have even danced with Maya ladies in Mexican discos and twice Maya mothers offered their daughters to me as wives.  LOL   As part of POOF’s  December anniversary series on the Maya-North American Connection,  POOF will have a special article that will explain the complexity of Maya culture then and now.   For starters . . . the Mayas never called themselves by that name until the Spanish told that was their name . . . and . . . how to correctly pronounce the word, Maya.  The ethnic name may well have originated in southern Florida!  We will also try to explain why the Maya word for a deity is the same word as the supreme deity of the Phoenicians.  Bet you didn’t know that, did you?  Send your questions about the Mayas (as humans) to      Dios bo’otik   (Thank you!)

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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.


    • Actually, Dr. Gordon Freeman of the University of Alberta has a lot of evidence that Native Americans first discovered Europe! Stonehenges in Canada predate the earliest ones in the British Isles by 500 years. The Sun Circle first appeared in North America then later appeared in NW Europe. It seems to have been a two way street.


    Richard, The Phoenicians merchants created a vast trade network across to Spain at least and their script was found in North / South America. Their colony Sea port city of Carthage (900 BC) seems to be the same basic design of the more ancient Savanna Georgia people (3400 BC). The ancient stonework walls of Peru, Easter island, and Egypt do match. King Solomon asked them to engineer his GOD’s Temple. The Greeks called the Phoenicians the “PO-Ni-Ki”…the “Ki or Ke” sound is found in some names of Native peoples of the South East. Did the Maya use that sound for a word? It seem clear that ancient Sea merchants families were trading with the port cities of the world. Descendants of a ancient Sea people were the Phoenicians…


    The Maya ladies look so pretty. No wonder you danced with them. I shall look forward to further information.


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