How could have the entire archaeological profession, the Muscogee-Creek Nation and the Kaw Nation miss this important discovery in 1885?
Earlier this year, while studying archaeological sites on the Upper Kusa River, I came to the same conclusion . . . then stumbled upon this important statement by the most prominent American ethnologist of the 19th century. Actually, he had moved from Germany to avoid being drafted into the Prussian Army . . . LOL . . . but he quickly became the leading expert on the Southeastern Indians AND the tribes living in earth lodges on the Western Plains. However, according to an editorial in the American Institute of Archaeology Journal in 2012, I am “nothing, but an ignorant peon.” Surely, some august academician in the past 133 years would have run across the same article on the Kansa Indians and taken note?
Actually, what I think happened is that originally the Kvwetv Creeks were the elite of Kaushe Commoners. There was mixing of the two and the result was the Upper Creeks. Some Kansa preferred to keep their identity and moved westward.
In the same process, I figured out where Yupaha was. That was the province two weeks march to the north of the Florida Panhandle that Sunshine State Natives told Hernando de Soto . . . “had much gold.” After leaving Itaba, which was at Rome, GA not Etowah Mounds, the conquistadors spent the night in a village on the south side of a wide river, across from the large town of Ubahale. If you know now the Spaniards way of writing down Muskogean words, it is quickly obvious that Ubahale was Yupahali. Thus, Yupaha was a province on the southern end of the Georgia Gold Belt in present day West Georgia and East-Central Alabama. There is still much gold there!
The video about the discovery of the Kaw (Kansa) People’s Homeland is in production. It will be released to YouTube soon. The sad old house in the Nacoochee Valley is all prettied up now, so I will now have time to learn how to use all my fancy new hardware and software.
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