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Lightning strikes thrice . . . my sister is a Finn . . . I am a Sami . . . we are all Brunswick Stew

Lightning strikes thrice . . . my sister is a Finn . . . I am a Sami . . . we are all Brunswick Stew

Bringing you the news that is the news from Sautee Ridge!

(1)  Lightning strikes thrice – Yesterday afternoon a massive lightning bolt hit at the exact same spot next to my house as it did exactly two weeks ago.   This time I was standing in the living room instead of sitting in my office, so could see what is going on.  My feet and legs “buzzed”, but my body was not discombooberated like last time.  The bolts are hitting a large tree stump about six feet from the rear of the house then traveling along a dead root, which is under the house.   This is the massive oak tree, which was hanging over the house.  No one could get a loan on the house because the oak tree was about to crash at any moment.  That is why I got the house and 4 acres for the price of a used single-wide trailer then paid a professional tree removal service to remove the tree with a 120 feet high crane.    By the way, when a lot of voltage goes through your body, it messes up everything, plus my eyes were burned by the heat from the second lightning flash – ball lightning.  However, I am now about 80% recovered from the damage done.  The bones in my feet, knees and legs are still sore from being electrofried.  It takes time for the body to replace dead cells.

(2) High Tech Computer – As of this afternoon, I now have a state-of-the-art Hewlett Packard Business Computer, plus the equipment to transfer the data from the old computer to the new computer.  My partially repaired old computer is making weird sounds, so I need to be offline for several days to transfer the programs and data.   The purchase of the new computer was made possible by your generous, unsolicited donations.   I was completely drained last month from a car repair and so had no cash reserve, when the lightning hit.  Thank you!   I have $63 to live on until August 1, but that is a whole lot better situation than I was in after the lightning struck on July 5.  Again . . . thank you!

(3)  Finnish Sister – My sister is on vacation in the Nordic countries with a group from her church.   She emailed me yesterday from Helsinki, Finland.   She said that while shop clerks speak English to everyone else in the group, they speak Finnish to her. They all thought that she was either Finnish or Sami.  She was puzzled.  I wrote back that almost everyone in Scandinavia and Finland thought I was a northern Sami!   My complexion is quite a bit darker than hers.

About 30 years ago, my sister had three DNA tests after birthing a deformed baby.  They showed her to be substantially Native American and also carrying a typical Mesoamerican gene, which was incompatible with a gene in her German-American husband.  However, the primitive DNA test did not break down her European ancestry.  My test about 14 years ago, was more specific.   It showed me to be about 74% Scandinavian, Urallic Asian and Celtic.  The rest was a mixture of Mesoamerican and Polynesian.   The most recent DNA tests being obtained from my cousin, Dr. Ray Burden, shows that much of what older tests assumed were Post-Columbian Northern European Admixtures, were actually from our Uchee heritage.  The Uchees were not from Siberia, but were proto-Sami’s who are typically composed of Finnish, Urallic Asian and proto-Gaelic DNA.  It is now believed that the aboriginal people of Ireland and Scotland were the same folks as the aboriginal people of Scandinavia and Holland.

(4) Deep South Native Americans are Brunswick Stew –   There is too much evidence of colonization from Sweden and Ireland about 3-4,000 years ago and again 17th century Iberians and Sephardic Jews, here in the Georgia Mountains, for me to pretend that our Uchee/Chickasaw/Creek/Seminole ancestors were “pure” Siberians – aka American Indians.  There is also genetic and etymological proof that some tribes along the Savannah River or perhaps even in the Southern Highlands were actually Polynesians.  Our cousins in Oklahoma can say what they like, but my research, henceforth, is going to address the cultural histories of all these peoples, who were our ancestors.  Furthermore,  culturally the so-called Black Seminoles, Creek Freedmen and Cherokee Freedmen are Native American as anybody else.  It is highly hypocritical for them to be discriminated against in Oklahoma.  They are our Brothers and Sisters. The People of One Fire articles will treat them as such.  Genetically, we are all Brunswick Stew here in the Southeast.

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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.



    How do I say this….

    Richard, that’s 2 independent strikes in a couple of weeks. That doesn’t happen. Additionally you physically experienced a probable ball lightning initiation event (however short lived). That never happens… only one recorded account in history. Tingling hands and slow current movement through body also recorded then btw. Anyways….

    Google Images > IRIS telesesmic Scmamdt. Do that now. Ready? You are living at the top of a ridge (always a lightning magnet) AND you live directly above an active (however infrequent) geological ‘hot spot’

    What could possibly go wrong?

    • Well, obviously it did happen. The lightning damage inspector told me that many people in this region had the same experiences. Some were killed by them.


    Richard…. If it’s not already too late could you save everything that got fried (electronics, mouse etc) and send it in to the Ph.ds doing this research. The energy levels of those events is off the charts… perhaps they could analyse the damage done to the circuits to get a better idea. So… you are basically living directly above a giant anode electrically connected not just to telluric surface currents but to the conductive mantle itself.

    Bad news? Get out!
    Good news? That property is worth tens of millions for research purposes.

    • Getting out is not an option. It was the only house within a 150 mile radius that I could afford and in a very nice neighborhood. This mountain is entirely volcanic rock and I have young lava bombs in my topsoil. I will be looking for techniques for lightning protection when the new computer is installed.


        Apologies… Google Images > IRIS teleseismic Schmandt. Bottom 2 of the 4 images. You are also on the edge of the North American craton which means there are likely semi-dormant faults in the area.

        Personally I think lightning rods on the house would be a bad idea considering that you obviously are on a site prone to strikes. It would be like asking to get hit again. Also physicists already know that ball lightning is attracted to metal. Best bet and cheapest solutions would be to remove all metal (aluminum siding, troughs etc) from your house if they exist. Hopefully there is no rebar in the concrete floor. Then I would try
        to find a close’ish’ (100m +/-) tree that has already been hit by lightning (if one exists) and run a metal wire up that and ground it. If not put one up a tree on the nearest high ground. For protection from currents rising below consider constructing a rebar mesh upon (or even scrap cars to) a slightly higher elevation. For cars, take the tires off and ground them. Link them with wire. That should provide a preferable target for a ground based charge to move to and accumulate on.

        In the meantime before you figure out a ‘fix’… when lightning starts you might want to take the dogs out for a ride until it subsides.

        • Yes, there is rebar in the concrete floor and foundation of the house. I need to cut that root, so there is no direct connection into the ground under the house. The lightning damage inspector told me to go upstairs during an electrical storm. The dogs automatically fly up the up the stairs and hop on my bed now, whenever they hear thunder. LOL


    Your articles are fascinating and enjoy your research. Is it possible to get a list of the books you refer to? I love to read and have been reading books about southeastern natives for some. Although I have no Native American heritage, I think there is a great deal we can still learn from studying them.

    • My articles in “The Americas Revealed” have cited references. I have written 15 books myself, but those written before 2015 are obsolescent in varying degrees – except Earthfast, which is about the colonial architecture of the 16th century.


    Have you thought about getting an old-fashioned lightening rod? You seem to be one of those people who “attract” lightening!😊 Now for my serious question…I suspect that my great great grandfather was Creek or at least half creek and there are some african American features. I Have often thought about a DNA test just to satisfy my curiosity. However, I have read that they aren’t all reliable when it comes to testing for native American ancestry. Is this true and if so where would you recommend some go for a reliable test?

    • Ellen, there is no DNA test marker for any of the Southeastern tribes. My Creek ancestry showed up as Mesoamerican, but at the time, I didn’t realize that my Uchee ancestry would show up as Sami-Finnish-Basque-Scandinavian. You can go ahead and give it a try, but if the lab does not find NA, it does not mean that you are not part NA.

      The problem with this house is the root under the concrete slab. As soon as my new computer is running, I will do some research to find a solution. I may not be able to afford the solution.


    Most definitely a Brunswick Stew That is still adding admixtures even today. If people could really understand that.
    Bring adopted and not knowing my true heritage has been a big blank. Only to finally be able about 5 years ago to connect with an older half sister. She knew very little about our heritage and since then I have been on the journey to find our truth that is out there on who these ancestors were. Which has led me down many different paths on many different interrelated subjects Leading to another. My sister was told there was Native American heritage. And the great grannie told her Not Cherokee. She was very young and the great grandmother died and any knowledge of that past is gone. Down One path led to articles thru various genealogy sites written by you Richard and then to the People of One Fire site years ago. What a worth of knowledge you have written to assist me in my Scoutin’ thru the past for my sister and myself. We also have some of that early Brunswick Stew mix called Melungeon. We have Dr. N. Brent Kennedy to thank for his heritage and research into their origins. He lived in Kingsport, Tn. and taught at U Va at Wise. Kingsport turns out to be where my sister and I were born. Turns out our ancestors were in this general area since 1700s and go back to colonial time period at various places that were generally considered Native American areas in VA, NC, SC, TN, GA thru the 100s of years. Plus turns out quite a few were involved in mining at different times. And we mix and mix again and mix some more.
    Glad your on the mend Richard and are able to get back to searching for and spreading the Truth thanks to others generosity .
    Thanks everyone that assisted.


    I recommend reading the speech “The Ties That Bind” presented at the Fifth Union , Kingsport, Tennessee on Friday 18 June 2004 by Dr. Brent Kennedy. It is on the website. He speaks about his research and beliefs about how much all humans are related by an admixture of their past ancestors and they were in turn an admixture as well. He was studying his melungeon heritage in the 1990s..

    • I was a friend of Brent Kennedy BEFORE I got involved with the research for the Muscogee-Creek Nation. While living in a tent in the North Carolina Mountains, Roger Kennedy (no relation) former director of the National Park Service, sent me checks to subsidize my search for Sephardic village and mining sites. Brent was the person, who first told me about these villages.


    Prior to us leaving AL for AZ, over a two year period lightning struck our house once, and two other times hit about 200 yards up the back hill taking out our TV both times-then there was a near hit that bounced off something and came through our window, by our computer, glancing off my back-HOT…. Regarding so called probabilities in 1964 Elmore County, AL a farmer took a direct tornado hit on his barn-he rebuilt only to have the same barn totally destroyed by another tornado in 1965!


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