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International TV documentary will explore movement of crops and peoples in the Americas

South Carolina film maker, Antara Brandner, is putting the finishing touches on a documentary film for television that will rock the world of anthropology to its roots. Over the past two years, she and an international team of scientists and historians have traveled the length of the Americas to document the movement of peoples, crops, ideas and architecture across the landscape of the Western Hemisphere. The project was started before the History Channel broadcast of the premier of America Uneartheda on the Mayas in Georgia, but was reinforced by its findings.

Brandner and her cast from Canada, the United States, Latin America and Europe traveled to many remote locations in the Americas, plus several sites in the Southeastern United States.  The Spanish language version of the documentary will premier in Mexico in a few months.  The English language version will be broadcast in the United States some time in 2015. If interested in learning more about this very interesting program go to: Examiner Article

In March of 2013, I had the pleasure of being with the cast of the TV program for a day.  Chats with South American scientists and anthropologists convinced me that the South American DNA showing up in some Southeastern Native Americans was no fluke, but the result of migration from unknown areas of South America.   The article explains the process by which we traced the immigrants to their homeland.

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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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