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Newcomers introduction to the People of One Fire

Newcomers introduction to the People of One Fire


The People of One Fire began 17 years ago as a message board in which Southeastern Native Americans could share their research and questions.   We still encourage that format on our comments.   People give me too much credit for some of our most important breakthroughs.  In truth, many of our most important breakthroughs occurred as a result of other people sharing their research with our community.  These people include, but are certainly not limited to:  The Assistant Private Secretary to HRH Prince Charles,  Dr. Grahame Davies, Creek Anthropologist Deborah Clifton,  Historian Michael Jacobs, genetics expert Ric Edwards,  Historian & Linguist Marilyn Rae,  Historian Mark Veale and Historian Dennis Partridge. What I am good at is taking the ball and running with it.  LOL

Below is our introductory video on the People of One Fire Youtube Channel:

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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.



    Coosaponokeesa Musgrove and Micco Red Shoes (Clan of the Wind) are likely my 11th great grandparents and research has led me here to this wonderful site!


    This was so incredibly helpful! Thank you!


    Richard, I am just an old student…You are the Native American scholar. Thank You for sharing your Wisdom.


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We are now celebrating the 11th year of the People of One Fire. In that time, we have seen a radical change in the way people receive information. The magazine industry has almost died. Printed newspapers are on life support. Ezines, such as POOF, replaced printed books as the primary means to present new knowledge. Now the media is shifting to videos, animated films of ancient towns, Youtube and three dimensional holograph images.

During the past six years, a privately owned business has generously subsidized my research as I virtually traveled along the coast lines and rivers of the Southeast. That will end in December 2017. I desperately need to find a means to keep our research self-supporting with advertising from a broader range of viewers. Creation of animated architectural history films for POOF and a People of One Fire Youtube Channel appears to be the way. To do this I will need to acquire state-of-art software and video hardware, which I can not afford with my very limited income. Several of you know personally that I live a very modest lifestyle. If you can help with this endeavor, it will be greatly appreciated.

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