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New PBS Series, Native America, is a must see!

New PBS Series,  Native America, is a must see!

 

Since October 23, 2018, the Public Broadcasting System has been airing a magnificent series on the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The program is an amazing step forward in the treatment of Native Peoples.  The description of their past is often presented from their perspective.  Unlike many such programs,  progressive and even Native American archaeologists are given serious exposure,  not treated as fringe theorists.  “Native America” is also streaming from the PBS Native American website:  http://www.pbs.org/native-america/home/  The website also contains outstanding videos that focus on the lives and beliefs of individual Native Americans.  I don’t have a TV.  Perhaps some of you are in the same situation.  So if you have a computer, you can still see these programs.

I was especially impressed by the use of the latest virtual reality animation software for presenting town sites in many parts of the Americas.  I am still saving to buy that software, but in this program you can see where my YouTube channel is heading.  Well, take the time to watch this beautiful series.  You will be glad you did!

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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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  1. barnett1113@gmail.com'

    It is an excellent production.

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  2. vgarthnorman@gmail.com'

    Richard, We just watched a third in this series on PBS TV. Outstanding–Showing observatory orientations to sun, moon, star & Venus cycles. Garth & Cheryl Norman. Thanks for your emails!
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

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  3. vgarthnorman@gmail.com'

    Richard, We watched another in the series on Native Americans. Beautiful! Thank you for your emails. Garth & Cheryl Norman

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  4. vgarthnorman@gmail.com'

    Richard, We just watched another in the series of PBS NATIVE AMERICANS. Thanks for your emails. HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Garth & Cheryl Norman

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    • And thank you for the research that you did at Parawan (Ocean People) Gap. It revolutionized my understanding of the Apalache (Aparasi) People in Georgia. You have a Happy Thanksgiving also.

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  5. markveale@hotmail.com'

    Richard, that was Great for PBS to make that program. I noticed the 5 degree angle from North for Cahokia in that program and you said a 4 degree angle for the 310 mile alignment you found for native monuments/ mounds in Western Georgia…Do you know the alignment for the Okefenokee/ Georgia/ Tennessee mounds? Perhaps these Georgia lines are connected to “Uc Abnal” (Chichen Itza) Thanks…
    Uc Abnal (“Seven Lines of Abnal”). This name, dating to the Late Classic Period, is recorded both in the book of Chilam Balam de Chumayel and in hieroglyphic texts in the ruins. ( The First name of Chichen Itza) ???

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    • Between around 900 AD and 1600 AD all proto-Creek towns were located on a triangular grid composed of true north – true south and the azimuth of the Winter Solstice Sunset. The alignment of the principal mound of a town varied with the cultural period. For example, Kolomoki seems to point toward Teotihuacan. Between 900 AD and 1375 AD sun temples faced the winter solstice sunset, thereafter they were aligned to the Summer Solstice. Several towns seem to be mirror images of constellations in plan.

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