Richard Thornton | Apr 13, 2017 | 0
Kevin A. Thompson, Taxicab to the Stars
Kevin Thompson is of Creek descent and raised in the Southern Tier region of New York State. He has a Masters in Teaching, and currently employed in the social work field. He is also a US Army veteran. He has also sung at powwows with the Iron Feather Singers, and organized a failed attempt to establish a Native American-themed high school in New York City.
In 2011, he created the Mvskoke and Mobilian language instructional videos on You Tube under the name Megakevin49. He speaks English, Spanish, Mvskoke (Creek) and German, in that order of proficiency. He has been fascinated by my own family’s genealogy since my early teens, and I was one of the few who in my generation who would willingly listen to (and remember) the stories from my grandmothers, both of whom lived into his thirties.
His literary influences are Dr. Heriberto Dixon, Leslie Marmon Silko, Craig Womack, Joy Harjo and Jack Forbes, among others.
He has an interest in widening the scope of seeing all aspects of contemporary life through an Indigenous perspective and would encourage the development of a contemporary Indigenous arts and media movement, and hope one emerges that can capture the imagination of the younger generations.
One of his published books is Taxicab to the Stars, a character-driven novel set in 2002.
Taxicab to the Stars
Taxicab to the Stars is a character-driven novel about contemporary Native Americans set in about 2002. Out of the ensemble cast of characters, the central figure is one Pearl Fitzgerald, a light-skinned Creek woman living the life of a New York professional. After years of ignoring her Indigenous roots, she embarks on the bold move of finding a suitable Native husband to help her rebuild her shrinking family.
In her journey she meets Terrell Evans, a Georgia Creek man who is retired from the music business and who is hiding from his own demons, and also touches bases with a professional white supremacist who writes hatchet jobs for powerful racist foundations. Another significant character is Fanny Mariah Terrell, a girl raised in the traditional Creek fashion until turned over to a fundamentalist Christian mother for correction. And then there is Frances Arroyo Dawson, one of the last survivors of a California Mission tribe who has launched a tribal casino and unwittingly brought national attention to her family.
Through flashbacks and backstories, the novel spans seventy years of recent US history, racial and tribal politics, and Pearl never waivers in her pursuits to rebuild her community – to a point that she becomes legendary. See more!
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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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