Richard Thornton | Mar 17, 2017 | 1
Maya scholars describe frequent trips to Southeastern United States
James Rhodes is a member of the Kaweta Creek Tribe, a Viet Nam veteran and a human being deeply involved with improving relations between Viet Nam and the United States. He has recently returned from southern Mexico, where he met with Maya leaders and historians. Here is what he wrote us today:
“We have just returned rom the Mayan capital in southern Mexico and provide to you the following information which we hope will be shared with many….forgive my haste, in 36 hours I am departing for Vietnam.”
“Unlike previous trips to this region, we met actual Mayans and Mayan historians who actually were informed…even on tours they are informing the tourist “during periods of unrest or crisis SOME MAYANS FLED TO ALABAMA (and other regions here) FOR SAFETY” It is also reported that those Mayans who fled interacted with the CREEKs…. so it looks like Richard Thornton’s “crazy ideas” are finally being accepted as factual historical accounts.”
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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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