Richard Thornton | Jun 3, 2017 | 15
Duhare story interfaces with Scott Wolter’s Knights Templar research
For over 470 years scholars ignored the eyewitness accounts of a European colony on the South Atlantic Coast, named Duhare, because these people milked dairy deer and made cheese. No one bothered to find out that the Irish DID have dairy deer and that there were multiple accounts of these deer-milking Irishmen leaving Ireland in the late 1100s and 1200s because of religious persecution.
The People of One Fire became interested in the story of Duhare because Duhare was a province of a proto-Creek kingdom, Parasicora, (Palachicola ~Chicora) based in present day Savannah, GA. The descendants of Duhare joined the Creek Confederacy in the early 1700s.
In our own times, many have scoffed at the theories of such researchers as Scott Wolter (America Unearthed TV series) who believe that Christian Norse explorers traversed over parts of New England and the Midwest, plus a century later some Knights Templar refugees left northwestern Europe for North America, after the order was brutally persecuted by the Vatican. There is a connection between the two stories.
At the end of the last segment of the series on the South Atlantic Coast, we mentioned that at exactly the same time that several monasteries recorded that Gaelic Christians were immigrating to Whitmannsland across the Atlantic Ocean, an Anglo-Norman baron, Richard de St. Clair was invading the lands of the Norse-Irish and Deer People in southeastern Ireland. There is more to that story.
St. Clair was a former Crusader and a patron of the Knights Templar. Many of his relatives and ancestors had been in the order. Even more of his descendants were Knights Templar. In the exact year, 1180 AD, that monastic journals state that a large party of Ossraigh (Deer People) and Norse Irish left Ireland for North America, St. Clair seized a large chunk of their lands and gave it to the Templars. He also appointed a master for the new Irish lodge of the Templars.
If that name sounds familiar, the St. Clair Family figured heavily in the fictional plot of the movie, “The Da Vinci Code.” They were said to be the descendants of Mary Magdalene. Also, in the last two shows of America Unearthed in early 2015, which were factual, the St. Clair family were patrons of a mysterious Templar church in France, which was filmed by the History Channel’s film crew.
The “hooked X” was a way that Templars could identify each other once their order had been suppressed by the King of France and declared heretical by the Pope. “Hooked X’s” have been found in North America, which researchers such as Wolter believe are evidence that at least some Knights Templar came to North America.
Some St. Clairs escaped being burned at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church in France by fleeing to Scotland. They very quickly rose to being prominent nobility in Scotland. They changed their name to Sinclair to conceal their Templar identity. The family later built the famous Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, which contains many Knights Templar symbols and also the rose, which is the symbol of Mary Magdalene. Some members of the family in recent years have changed their name back to St. Clair. Rosslyn Chapel is still owned by the St. Clair Family.
Several stone slabs have been found in the northern parts of North America, which contain Norse Runic writing. All can be translated, but are labeled as forgeries by many academicians, even when scientific analysis proves that they date back to the Middle Ages. The most famous of these stones is the Kensington Stone, found in Minnesota. It translates to be a message left by Norse Christians.
Scott Wolter is a geologist, who became interested in the possibly of Medieval Norse and Templar voyages to North America, after being hired to study the Kensington Stone. He was hired to be the host of “America Unearthed” in 2012, after appearing on a documentary about the Kensington Stone. However, the premier of “America Unearthed” was about the evidence of contacts between the Mayas and the ancestors of the Creek Indians in Georgia. This brought Wolter in direct contact with the researchers of the People of One Fire. His show’s scientific proof that the Mayas mined minerals in Georgia for many centuries went a long way in giving POOF credibility.
Detractors of Wolter’s studies of the Templars and Norse voyages to North America state that there are no records of any voyages to North America by Scandinavians after around 1000 AD and no connection between the Norse and the Knights Templar. The research by the People of One Fire concerning the settlement of Duhare by Irish refugees and Norse Irish mariners in the late 12th and 13th centuries negates those criticisms.
This newly found connection between two entirely different focuses of research again points out the need for academicians to stop hoarding their research and start communicating with each other. That is exactly why the People of One Fire was founded in 2006.
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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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