Mystery, speculation and mythology surround the chronology of Southeastern Native Americans
The chronology of the arrival of Native American tribes in the Southeast was already a big question mark prior to the discovery of the lost documents in Lambeth Palace, UK during April 2015. Now everything has been turned upside down. Who would have thought that the original “Creek Confederacy” would have included the Chickasaw and Alabama, but no tribe that spoke the Muskogee language or that the oldest “Creek town” was at Savannah? Who would have thought that the elite of the great province of Kusa, were actually the same people as the Cusabo and that both had ancestors from Peru?
None of the Southeastern tribes are pure ethnic groups today. All took in remnant tribes back in the 1600s through the 1800s. The enhanced immunity of mixed bloods with European and/or African ancestors enabled them to have a much higher survival rates during European plagues. The fact is today, very few “card-carrying” members of federally-recognized Southeastern tribes carry even 50% Asiatic DNA . . . 40% is considered an unusually high figure. Many federally recognized Cherokees have 0-2% Asiatic DNA, but twice as much Semitic DNA as practicing American Jews.
This topsy-turvy situation is further complicated by increasing evidence that ethnologist Charles de Rochefort’s 17th century book, which put substantial numbers of Caribbean and South American peoples in the Southeast, appears to be on target. They are completely out of the world view of most Southeastern anthropologists.
Bubba Mythbuster began with an analysis of the Uchee/Euchee/Yuchi and now will continue his irreverent look into the evidence this week with the Muskogeans. Right now the seniority list for major Southeastern tribes looks like this: In several cases, their ranking is based on when two or more ethnic groups mixed.
- Southern Siouans
- Southern Shawnee
- Virginia & Carolina Algonquians
- Okate, Wakata, Tekesta
- Panaoan-Swift Creek Culture & Chiska
- Caddo-Tunica-Chimacha & proto-Natchez, etc.
- Southern Arawaks (Peruvians ~ Southern Highlands
- Mapile (Mobile), Tamatli, Tamahiti, Colima
- Cusabo (South Carolina Coast & NW Georgia)
- Tupi (Georgia Coast)
- Satibo (Calusa, Satibo in GA Coast and NC Mountains)
- Orinoco Arawaks (Timicoa)
- Tulahalwase (Florida Apalache)
- Muskogee-speakers (originally NC Mountains)
- Kusate (Upper Creeks)
- Ilape (Pee Dee & Hillabee Creeks)
- Tokase and Kowete (Coweta)
- Rickohockens & Westebo
- Catawba Confederacy
- Yamasee Confederacy
- Ichesi Confederacy
- Cherokee Alliance
- Coweta-Creek Confederacy (Modern Muskogee Creeks)
- Seminole Confederacy
You KNOW the angry letters are going to fly, because many people view their tribal ancestry like it was cheering for a football team. One hint of the controversy . . . indigenous art suggest that the Chiska were at Cahokia . . . perhaps either its warrior class or the people, who caused its abandonment.
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