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Migration Legend supplement: The painting of the Creek delegation in Westminster Palace

Several readers have asked to have a higher resolution image of the famous painting of James Edward Oglethorpe introducing his guests from the Creek Confederacy to Archbishop William Wake and the Board of Trustees for the Province of Georgia in Westminster Palace.  It was painted by William Vereist.    One member of the Creek delegation was absent. He was sick with smallpox and later died.

The buffalo velum in the Apalache writing system that described the wanderings of the Kaushete,  was hung on the wall of the Georgia Room in Westminster Palace.   It disappeared after the United States achieved independence and is probably stored in a warehouse owned by the Church of England.   A POOF member is in London right now, looking for the velum.

Some Oklahoma readers have commented to me that these Native Americans do not look like Muskogee Creeks.  Well, the reason is that they were NOT Muskogee Creeks, but Itsate Creeks from the Savannah River Valley.  However, no one would bat an eye if they had been walking down a street in Southern Mexico or Guatemala.

Click the image below to see it full size.


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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.



    love this painting!


    what happened to the Itsate (Maya) Creeks? which community absorbed them?


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