Happy Poskita! The Creek-Uchee New Year!
Did you go outside to greet the sunrise? I had no choice. My dogs are far more observant of Uchee-Creek tradition than I wanted to be. My young female pup jumped on the bed at 5:45 AM and rubbed her belly across my face to let me know in no uncertain terms that she had to answer the call of nature. Meanwhile, her future consort, Laird McIntosh, III grabbed my sandals and socks . . . dragged them down the stairs . . . and destroyed them. So I grabbed my handmade Maya and Peruvian drums and beat them as the sun rose over Alec Mountain’s peak. I was very tempted to use the Inca drum mallets to beat Laird McIntosh over the head!
The Green Corn Festival came along rather late in Southeastern Indigenous History. It was introduced by Tamaule refugees from Tamaulipas around 1250 AD, but did not predominate the layout of Proto-Creek towns until around 1375 AD. As best as I can determine, Kvse (Kusa ~ Coosa) was the first capital town developed outside the Province of Tama, which was laid out according to the new calendar. Between 900 AD (Waka ~ “Ocmulgee)” and 1375 AD, towns were planned and constructed according to the Maya calendar, which begins on the Winter Solstice.
You are probably wondering why I included a video of Selena last night. Selena was an American citizen and a Native Tejano. Selena Quintanilla had been performing for several years before she learned enough Spanish to know what she was singing. She was murdered by the president of her fan club at the age of 23, after Selena discovered that she had been embezzling funds.
References state that Selena’s mother is Cherokee-Tejano . . . which made Selena also a Native American. No, I checked to see where her mother’s family lived. It was a region of East Texas, settled by Creeks from Southeast Alabama in the late 1700s. The media tends to equate “American Indian” with “Cherokee.” The first Cherokees arrived in Tejas around 1817-1818. Most Cherokees were driven out of Texas after the Texas War of Independence because they assisted the army of Generalissimo Santa Anna. Creeks were allowed to stay in Texas permanently because they fought for the winners.
Several decades after the first Creek immigration into Tejas . . . about 500 middle class Creeks from West Georgia settled around Marshall, Texas between 1825 and 1828. The movie, “True Women,” was about their experiences. Benjamin Hawkins’ son elected to relocate in Mississippi, where he could socialize with middle class Choctaws and develop a large plantation with a Greek Revival house.
Since that time most Creek descendants have intermarried so much with their neighbors that they have lost their cultural memory of being in the Southeast. The major exceptions to this situation are the descendants of the Hawkins Party, Apalachicola Creeks and Tamaule Creeks, originally from Southeast Georgia.
Former National Park Service Director, Roger Kennedy, discovered that these Creeks introduced Greek Revival Architecture to Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. This is why he originally contacted me to do research for his book on Greek Revival Architecture.
Now you know!
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