Most of the Track Rock Petroglyphs, plus the Maya numerical system and earliest Maya glyphs can be found at a 4000 year old site in Sweden!
Life is, indeed a box of chocolates. In December 2005, Judge Patrick Moore of the Muscogee District Court, visited my home to discuss matters relating to Muscogee Creek Nation’s Department of Justice. Immediately, I have a funny story to tell. He had been told by the MCN Lighthorse Police that they had been told by someone in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that I was an effeminate homosexual, so he brought along a woman’s apron with a Creek symbol on it to give me. He quickly realized that wasn’t true. A lady friend dropped by to wish me Merry Christmas, so I gave it to her. While touring my architectural model shop down in the basement, he asked me how much it would cost for me to build a small model of a Creek village. If the price was low enough, he would pay for it out of his new office’s furniture budget. A few days after he returned to Oklahoma, he called me up to confirm the contract.
Would you believe . . . that a little over a week after Judge Moore called me, Muscogee-Creek Principal Chief A. D. Ellis received a haughty letter from the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, which demanded that their contract with me be immediately cancelled. Basically, it said that a Creek Architect-Planner, who had decades of experience building architectural models was not qualified to build an architectural model of one of his ancestral towns. The six archaeologists want the Creeks to then give the whopping $1200 contract to one of their firms, who wouldn’t have the slightest clue how to build a model . . . so then they would have had to subcontract it to an architecture firm, approved by the Fourth Reich, who couldn’t have possibly built the model for that small amount of money. There was another problem, though . . .
Principal Chief Ellis didn’t know who in the heck I was or who in the Administrative Department authorized an architectural model. He assigned Second Chief Berryhill. The Berryhill’s were originally Georgia Uchee from near Savannah. Berryhill eventually figured out that the small contract was a personal purchase by Judge Moore in the Judicial Department. Meanwhile, several members of the Muscogee Creek National Council gave me positive ratings. Second Chief Berryhill called me up to ask more about my background. That conversation resulted in 11 contracts with the Muscogee-Creek Nation over the next four years.
A lot of folks get upset when someone illegally tapes a conversation with a federal judge. The MCN Department of Justice wanted to have the six archaeologists extradited to Oklahoma to stand trial for several federal and state felonies. They would have, except Georgia law enforcement and its Attorney General would not cooperate. I wonder why? Nevertheless, the incident set in motion a chain of events, which ultimately placed me near Track Rock Gap in June 2011 and knowing a whole bunch more about the Southeast’s Native American history than I did in 2005. To read the full article, go to: https://apalacheresearch.com/2019/05/27/secrets-of-the-track-rock-petroglyphs/
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