Etowah Mounds . . . the 1 1/2 hour People of One Fire video
If one scans the legion of web articles and videos on the internet about Etowah Mounds, it immediately becomes obvious that the authors don’t know diddlysquat about the ancient history of the Etowah River Valley. They either ascribe a myriad variety of Old World peoples as the town’s occupants or else portray them as scraggly-haired indigenous savages, not a whole lot more advanced than hunter-gatherers. A couple of archaeologists in Minnesota even provided us a list of Viking kings, who ruled the town. The scientific proof of this amazing fact is based on the fact that the male skeletons at Etowah were unusually tall . . . well, not unusually tall for the Creeks, but these archaeologists apparently don’t even know who the Creeks were. They call Etowah a Cherokee town, ruled by Viking nobility.
However, there is one trait that all the authors share . . . whether they be archaeologists, wannabe Cherokees or New Age prophets. All think that the town’s original name was Etowah. They don’t know that the real name was Etula . . . and Etula is the Itza word for “principal town or capital.” Hm-m-m . . . that does change one’s interpretation of the site a bit.
Oh, there is something else they share in common. Not one archaeologist seemed aware that the appearance of the three surviving, visible mounds has changed starkly from 200 years ago. This year marks the 200th adversary of the first measured drawings of Etowah Mounds. The top of Mound A was lopped off by artifact hunters and its plantation owners, in order to grow corn on the mound. Mound B’s top was also lopped off, while it deep gashes cut in its sides by a string of archaeologists. The mound was re-sculptured by employees of the Georgia Parks Department in the late 1950s. And Mound C? . . . let me tell you a funny story.
During my research for the creation of this video, I ran across a thesis produced by an anthropology student at the University of Tennessee. He went on to get his PhD and now is a university professor. His thesis was about the religious, political and astronomical symbolism of the mound architecture at Etowah. However, most of the thesis is devoted to Mound C, which was completely destroyed by archaeological digs in 1885, 1925 and 1955-56. It didn’t seem to dawn on the neophyte that if all of the mound was destroyed by the archaeologists, he cited, then there would be nothing left of it. The mound he associated all manner of geometric magic to is a very inaccurate fake, constructed by convict laborers for the Georgia State Parks Department in the late 1950s.
The crashing sound just before I began to speak on the video was a bomb that went off in the woods behind this cabin. As the old rock song goes . . . “we gotta get out of this place” . . . and I think it is about to happen!
To watch this video . . . go to www.Youtube.com then paste in Etowah Mounds . . . A Native American Capital’s Secret History and Architecture.
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