National Geographic Video: Secrets of the Nazca Lines
There is a direct connection between the Nazca Plain of Peru and the advanced peoples of the Southeastern United States. Until the early 1700s, the elite of the Apalache in Northeast Georgia and also, South Atlantic Coast Panoan provinces and the Calusa of Southwest Florida called themselves Paracusite, which means “Ocean Elite People.” The Paracus built the animal effigies on the Nazca Plain then departed. The Nazca People built the simpler Nazca Lines. So if you have Creek or Seminole ancestry, you can probably say that some of your ancestors built the Nazca Effigies.
The Paracus are best known these days for their red-haired mummies and strange supersized skulls. They were extremely tall, so probably furnished the genes that made proto-Creeks average a foot taller than Europeans at the time of Contact.
Peru’s arid coastal plain is such a different world than the Southeastern United States. Nevertheless, the advanced cultural concepts that the Paracusa brought with them, such as the Sacred Black Drink ceremonies, blended with the traditions of other peoples to create the Muskogean Peoples.
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