Richard Thornton | Apr 13, 2017 | 0
Myron Paine grew up on a farm in South Dakota. Was always an avid reader. Before he was out of high school, the “white faces” among the Mandan Indians inspired a life long fascination wit pre-history Americans.
He earned a Ph. D in Engineering. (I prefer the title of “Myron”) My studies and reading, of choice, has always been history. He taught in two Universities: South Dakota State University, 1958-1963 and Oklahoma State University, 1974-1986. Worked for International Voluntary Services and for Air America in Laos (Asia), 1963-1966 and was an Oklahoma State extension, agricultural engineer, 1966-1970.
He was honored to be in Who’s Who in Engineering, 1977. He was honored by an Outstanding Young Engineer award and then, later, a 25 year award by the Agricultural Engineering Society.
He retired in 1999, and read one to two books per month on Greenland and/or Northeast America. In Feb. 2001 he found the Walam Olum pictograph 3.16. I recognized the pictograph and stanza to mean the people from Greenland walked over the ice to America. He wrote a manuscript to develop that hypothesis, also wrote a historical manuscript with fictional characters to illustrate that humans could walk over frozen Davis Strait.
Talerman volume 1 “Frozen Trail to Merica”
This book solves not only the mysterious disappearance of Norse from the Western Settlement of Greenland in the 1300s, but also deciphers Delaware (Lenape) Indian history found to have been written in Old Norse. The fictional plot is based on Chapter 3 of Walam Olum, a manuscript of pictograms and verses first published in 1836 and based on engravings on bark given in payment for treatment to a Dr. Ward of Indiana by an old Leni Lenape Indian.
Walking to Merica volume 2 “Frozen Trail to Merica”
“In a bold tour de force of historical fiction, author Myron Paine leads the reader into the neglected area of early Nordic influence on people and places in Northeast America. Working on the premise that fourteenth-century problems of climate (global cooling) and political and ideological pressure drove some populations of Greenland across frozen wasteland to points as far south as the Canadian and United States Midwest and down to the Atlantic coast, Paine, through the introduction of likely characters, ably demonstrates the trials and tribulations of the wanderers. The author fortifies his thesis with archaeological evidence and historical references.”
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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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