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Holy Agnetha Faltskog! The Wataree People of South and North Carolina could be ancestors of the English!

Holy Agnetha Faltskog!  The Wataree People of South and North Carolina could be ancestors of the English!


History is often stranger than fiction.  For new POOF readers, I should explain that all of our research is always in flux.  What is true today might be only part of the truth tomorrow.  Earlier this year, when we were focusing on Western North Carolina and the Up Country of South Carolina,  I assumed that the ancestors of the Wataree (Guatari in 16th century Spanish chronicles) were the Wata People from the Amazon Basin.  However, the “re” suffix is pure Bronze Age Celtic and means “people or tribe.”    Well . . . just read that the archaic word for water in the Netherlands,  Friesland and Jutland (western Denmark) was Watar or Water.   This is the region where the Angles, Saxons and Jutes came from before invading Britania.   Their ancestors would have spoken an Archaic Celtic language during the Bronze Age . . . SO their words for Water People would have been Watar-re.   The Creek names for the Uchee meant “Water People” or “Offspring from Water.”  I really need to get a Time Machine.

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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.



    Hi Richard– Your observation about Wateree is interesting. Because your hypothesis involves an area including the Netherlands, if you don’t know this already, the oldest boat found so far was discovered in the Netherlands.

    Yesterday’s call for genealogical results is a great idea. I’m following your posts closely.

    • The article in the Swedish Anthropological Journal stated that the people of the Netherlands were believed to have been the earliest mariners of Northern Europe and so probable introduced their skills to southern Scandinavia. Well, actually there is very little change in the landscape between Friesland and southern Jutland.


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