Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
Just for the fun of it . . .
I was going through Youtube videos from the part of Mexico where many of the town and river names can be translated with a Creek dictionary. The band featured in this video is from that area, but was performing in a plaza within Mexico City . . . inviting people off the street to compete in dancing La Bamba. You will notice that several of the band members could easily pass for Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks and Seminoles on the streets of Oklahoma. That is no accident.
There are now about 57 million Latin Americans in the United States. The vast majority have substantial indigenous heritage. In addition there are about 2 million people here with substantial Native American heritage. That means that today there are far more “American Indians” within the boundaries of the United States than in 1492. It is a reality that most Native Americans have not come to grasp with. Many are still living in a world in which one is not a “real Indian” unless carrying a BIA card.
Virtually all the Indigenous Americans moving to the United States are coming here for a better life . . . just like our ancestors did . . . no matter how far back your particular ancestors came. They want to leave the bad aspects of life in Latin America behind, but are proud of their rich indigenous cultural heritage . . . which is really quite similar to that of Southeastern and Southwestern Native Americans. They are our natural allies.
Well . . . this video will provide you with some nice Mexican folk music, but you will also get to see what Middle Class Mexicans look like.
Ahora . . . baille la Bamba . . . musica folklorica de Vera Cruz
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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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