Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
Extraterrestrial Contacts with Peoples of the Americas
As professional archaeological investigation begins at an ancient Apalache worship site in Northeast Georgia that local officials believe is the Yamacutah Shrine, it is a good time to review what indigenous Americans say about the subject. For far too long we have endured delusions from pseudo-scientists, who ascribe every great cultural achievement of the Americas to either colonists from the Old World or “Alien Astronauts.” On the other hand, many Caucasian anthropologists refuse to acknowledge that anything may have happened in the past, which cannot be held in their hands and has been given a English name.
Part One : When God Came Down to Earth
Although there are several contemporary newspaper accounts of a sad gathering of several thousand Creeks in 1787 at a worship site on the the North Oconee River, there is only one specific mention of the Yamacutah Shrine in surviving Anglo-American literature. The Early History of Jackson County, Georgia describes Yamacutah as the most sacred place in the Southeast. It was in the heart of the Apalache Kingdom of Northeast Georgia, but attracted indigenous pilgrims from much of eastern North America.
The Jackson County book was published in 1911, but is based on a manuscript written by one of the county’s pioneers in the early 1800s. It states that according to Creek Indian tradition, the Master of Breath (God) came down from the sky and lived among the Apalache for a time. He taught them how to live at peace among themselves and about the universe. He also taught them a writing system and advanced mathematics. Thereafter, no blood, either human or animal, could be shed within two miles of an Apalache temple. The Apalache became a completely monotheistic people.
According to Apalache tradition . . . One day as the Master of Breath was standing on a hilltop, he disappeared before their eyes. This place, where he disappeared was developed into a shrine with stone monuments, engraved with galactic symbols and the new Apalache writing system. The shrine was still in existence and in use when the first newcomers began settling the interior of the Southeast.
Yamacutah is a real place, not a legend. In 1784, Jordan Clark and Jacob Bankston traveled south from Virginia to take veterans land grants in Wilkes County, Georgia. Along the way, they camped at an old shrine of the Creek Nation. Whereas the Upper Creeks and their allies the Chickamauga Cherokees were ravaging the frontier to the north, most Northeast Georgia Creeks had been Patriots during the American Revolution and were quite friendly to white travelers.
However . . . when Clark and Bankston shot a bear near the shrine, several Creek men came to their camp and “read them the riot act.” That is the first time, any white men mentioned the prohibition against shedding blood at a Creek shrine.
The two Virginians were surveyors. For that we are grateful . They had never been around “civilized Indians” before and were astounded by the quarried rock structures and engraved stones in their midst. They carefully measured the stone monuments, described the “strange symbols” carved on the stones in detail, plus generally described the writing system. It looked like nothing that they had ever seen before.
There was am arm-less stone statue, set in a low mound at the center of the shrine. It was said to portray the being, who came down from the sky. This incarnate deity or humanoid often looked up into the sky, perhaps looking for another ET to take him home. One day he did go home.
When contacted by an editor of the Athens Banner-Herald last year about the Legend of Yamacutah, I told him that I had never known the word ” Yamacutah” until I read the Early History of Jackson County. HOWEVER, both my grandmother and Uncle Hal had made vague references to God, an angel or enlightened human coming down to earth in Northeast Georgia . . . somewhere. For that reason, my grandmother said that we were a “Godly people” long before the whites and always would be. The editor told me that several other Creeks, who he interviewed told exactly the same story.
As for the advanced mathematical skills, that has been validated. During Colonial days, British officials found that Creek talliya or architect-surveyors had vastly superior surveying skills to those of the British colonists. They used surveying equipment and mathematical techniques that were completely unknown to Europeans. Those skills were apparently lost in the 1800s.
Thanks to the detailed descriptions provided by Clark and Bankston, I was able to create a realistic computer model of Yamacutah. Below are a couple of images from the computer model. A complete account of the Yamacutah Shrine is contained in a chapter of Nodoroc and the Bohurans (2013) by Marilyn Rae and Richard Thornton – published by Ancient Cypress Press. At this present time, Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble are providing the quickest shipping times.
Next issue . . . Giants, who came from another galaxy
There is a pervasive tradition among Muskogeans that prior to the European invasion, we were in frequent contact with extremely tall and friendly extraterrestrials. There were star gates. The tall offspring of the mating of these giants and Muskogean women became the elite, who led towns and provinces during what anthropologists call the Mississippian Cultural Period. Many seven feet tall skeletons have been found in the Southeast. There is much more to the story, however.
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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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