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Documentary film on the Maya city of Itzapa . . . by archaeologist Garth Norman

Documentary film on the Maya city of Itzapa  . . . by archaeologist Garth Norman


Garth has been working on Maya city sites, especially Itzapa (or Izapa) for over 57 years.  He is constantly searching for new information and understanding.  He also toured the major Creek heritage sites in North Georgia, including the Nacoochee Valley.  If you are Itsate (Hitchiti) Creek, Itzapa was your ultimate mother town.  It is no accident that the Creek name for their provinces in the Southern Appalachian Mountains was Itzapa . . . Place of the Itza.   Viewers will thoroughly enjoy this film.

Yes, the house needs painting, but I cannot afford a “McMansion.” LOL

I will be producing true movie documentaries, similar in style to this one, once I get settled in my forthcoming residence, which will have space for my library. It has a room that will be used as a architectural virtual reality graphics and film studio, plus an adjacent deck for outdoor photography and filming.  The screen porch, at least for now, will be used as a shop for building town models.  Most of my books have been boxed up since Christmas Week 2009!   Until then, I hope you are enjoying the slide show videos on Youtube.

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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.



    So glad to see you have a far better place to live, Richard. Hope all will go well as you settle in and there will be no unpleasant surprises.

    • I have several friends living very close by there. It is beneath a very ancient stone circle worship site . . . perhaps dating back to the 3500s BC.


    Hi Richard!
    Love the new house. It sounds and looks perfect for you and your furry pals!

    • At least I will have the space to get back to producing some income!


    What general area are you in now?

    • North Georgia Mountains. I currently live near the beginning of the Appalachian Trail and Amicalola Falls.


        That’s such a beautiful area. I’m near Murphy, NC in the Peachtree area. Enjoy your new place. I enjoy reading your articles.

        • You have a very important Native American town site near you . . . The Peachtree Mound, which was actually several mounds.


            Yes, We are just up stream about 1/2 mile on the River. I sure would like to walk that creek sometime. It’s a shame they took all of the artifacts, etc. away and didn’t leave them here for a local exhibit. I’ve been wanting to read the report on that dig. It’s been reported that there was a “ford” across the river just upstream from us and I’ve seen it on old maps (1935). The remainder of the road is now called McCombs Rd. I just wonder if that might be where the natives crossed the river before the other settlers moved into this area. Thanks for all you do.

          • Actually, they didn’t take all the artifacts! The archaeologists from the Heye Foundation only excavated the large mound. They did not touch the village site. With satellite imagery you can see the footprints of other smaller mounds and buildings.


    My Brother, I have written to you numerous times over the years of POOF. Somehow it feels small of me to keep telling you what a blessing you are to all of us and even mankind. Without you I would know almost nothing of the real history of the Creek people and those who came before they were known as Creek or more modern names. Without your continued research and contacts into the “old world” information we would not know. Because of you I feel connected elders and tribal members through centuries of lost history and misguided information. I guess “fake news” isn’t new after all. Anyway, I once again want to thank you for making me feel more whole. I value so much knowing the real history of this land.

    As for your new digs, I hope you don’t get lost in all that extra space. The house is a blessing too because it will enable you to bring us who follow you even more. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your effort and work.

    • Jay, You are a blessing to me for saying such kind things. I have not seen most of my furniture and personal belongings since Christmas Week of 2009! It is not a big house, but it will hold my belongings and has a working furnace. I have been sleeping on the floor for over 8 years and have not had a heated bedroom since November 2008. Someone went into my basement with a device that opened the garage door and vandalized the furnace in November 2008. I didn’t have the money to replace the furnace so I had to get by with an electric portable heater. So this house will be like a new life for me. LOL


    Congrats on the new bachelor pad!

    I’m happy for you & your new life chapter!


    Congratulations on the new digs, Richard!

    Going to view the film, now, and will be looking forward to future documentaries. Enjoying your present YouTube videos very much.

    All the best!


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