Eastern Band of Cherokees claims Clovis Culture was Cherokee
The Eastern Band of Cherokees recently issued a press release, in which a cultural heritage official of the tribe, Barbara Duncan, described a program, which will help preserve 10,000 year old Cherokee artifacts found throughout the Southeast and North America. Archaeologists label these artifacts as the Clovis Culture. Duncan described the Cherokee-Clovis artifacts as being associated with the Archaic Period. However, the Clovis Culture belongs to the Paleo-American Period. The article may be read in full at this URL:
No archaeological reference could be found that confirmed the Eastern Band’s new claim. The oldest known Clovis artifacts were found at the Topper Site on the Savannah River in Allendale County, SC, north of Savannah, GA. At the time that French Huguenots explored that region in 1562 through 1565, it was occupied by Uchee and Apalache-Creek villages.
Without specifically mentioning the Clovis Culture, the Eastern Band of Cherokees has long claimed that the Cherokees were the first humans in North America, plus that the Aztecs and Mayas were their descendants. However, most such films and publications get their chronology mixed up and place the Aztecs in an earlier time period than the Mayas, when in fact , the opposite is true.
Duncan is employed by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. The museum’s logo is a gorget that was found in eastern Missouri across the Mississippi River from Cahokia Mounds. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Cultural Preservation Office uses as its logo, a gorget that was found in Mound C at Etowah Mounds in northwest Georgia.
Cherokee Heritage Trails Guide, a book published by the University of North Carolina Press , claims that the Cherokees were the people who developed corn, beans and squash into cultivated crops in addition to being the first humans in the Americas. The book was co-authored by Barbara Duncan and Dr. Brett Riggs, an anthropology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, These claims also cannot be verified by other anthropological or archaeological references.
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