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Guy claims to be the “Shadow” Cherokee medicine man

Guy claims to be the “Shadow” Cherokee medicine man


Aho is the Creek, Cusabo, Apalachete, Conibo, Kaushibo and Shipibo word for sweet potato, but this guy probably didn’t mean to end his charming email with Sweet Potato.

Proud native,,
To Richard Thornton:

You’re so full of shit. Keep telling your lies. We all see right through them. Throwing out your status as if you’re someone just to cater to your own weak ego. You’re an architect and probably were hired because you were the cheapest… you’re a joke to all natives… claiming to be Creek, you’re a racist, you do not carry any aspects of a true native soul. You try to threaten people on here like you’re going to do something?!?!

I bless you with the shadow of The medicine man, as we journey into your dreamtime and wake you right up; your lies will haunt you as the truth will permeate your dreamtime and you will not be able to have a restful sleep until your correct your lies or you finally reach your death bed a nervous, sleepless, wreck. Aho!

Fact checking the Flat Shadow Cherokee Medicine Man

I didn’t think that aho was a Cherokee word. It is not listed in their official dictionary.  Seems to me that someone at a powwow said it was a Lakota word, so I sent an email to a Lakota friend to confirm that “Proud Native” was actually ending his pleasant message with a Lakota word, not a Cherokee word.   This is what she said.  (You will roll in the floor laughing at the end of her letter.)

Richard, I asked around and it is not Lakota. When I began researching the word I found out in Wikipedia that it first popped up at pow-wows in the 1930s. People told me it was Lakota but I am Lakota and my husband is Cherokee, We never use it here on the rez here so I started to ask and that is what I was told. I do hear the word from urban Indians, Newagers and wannabe’s so it could be just one of those words. So far no-one wants to claim it. This is funny. Aho means “idiot” in Japanese. This wannabe medicine man is obviously an idiot.”

Should I tell this wannabe conjurer that if you declare a curse on somebody, it comes back on the cursor.   Nah-h-h . . . he wouldn’t pay any attention to what I said.

Case Closed




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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.



    In Oklahoma and I guess some of the central west, .. the comment aho! , should be easily meant as “thank you!” Often, amongst some of the older
    folks , along with the word was the complied that I will “be cooperative with you”….. you have my compliance.
    So much anger…. your writer. I only notice you knocking eastern Cherokees , ethnologists, historians, architects, bureaucrats, linguista, history books, & others , but Cherokees do not know who they are, anyway (& they tell me, I R one).
    In my area…, few to none are male medicine men…., it is always the women who do the medicine (my mother & ggrandmother) .
    Your writer needs to get a life or more education… and quit reading People of One Fire.


    Richard, I know this guy. He is Elizabeth Warren’s cousin. So he has to be legit, right?

    • Rolling in the floor laughing . . . but keep in mind, Warren might actually be Cherokee. Many members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma are showing up with 0% Native American DNA . . . including the famous Vann Family. The Vanns were actually Scottish Sephardic Jews.


        Richard T. , I highly agree with you, Elizabeth Warren is very likely a Cherokee or other as you have identified them. Wish she could read your site to understand. Trump is….wrong on this, but he does well on most. Your “antagonista” sounds much like an Oklahoma “49-er” (1949 er) but, I do not think he is old enough. The 49ers are only known for singing dirty chants to a drum beat.

        We have a card carrying Vann in this vicinity,…wonder if he had his Dna…?


    If anyone so violently disagrees with you-why do they care what you say or do? I have never understood this?????


    Hey Richard,
    Flat Shadow? That sounds like a 30’s era super hero! Potato Idiot is a good “Indian name” for this guy. There are several other names that come to mind that should not be repeated in Mixed company and I do not have the Creek words to describe them, but I’m sure your imagination can fill in the blanks.
    Did the Cherokee wear plains style war bonnets? I thought they wore turbans or hats. Guess he’s into “cultural appropriations”
    Not very newage of him!!!! Guess it takes all kinds!
    Keep up the good work Richard Thanks!


    I believe she signed her name at the end but simply left the hyphen out. Aho should have read A-ho. A-ho short for a-hole or a-ho(ho being short for) I think you can figure the rest of it out. Then again it could be the name of her tribe the A-ho’s.

    • It was a guy. I have the A-hole’s computer IPN and home address. Since there have been so many attempts to kill my dogs, steal my car and harm me personally by Nazi’s the past three years, I am able to acquire all information necessary to protect myself, when I get threatening letters. The public never sees 99% of these letters. This particular guy is a white neo-Nazi, not a Native American as he claims.


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