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News Flash! One of the Kusa crosses has been located!

News Flash! One of the Kusa crosses has been located!


Ed Reilly, one of the most active members of POOF, knows where one of the Kusa crosses is.  The location is very close.  Perhaps the owner will also know where the other cross is.  POOF will post a photo of this cross, when it becomes available.

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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.



    How exciting!!!
    Good luck Richard. ^_^
    History is so awesome!
    Think I speak for all POOF readers by saying, “We’ve got our fingers crossed for you! Stay safe and go get em Tiger!”

    Findout the truth wherever it may lead, unlike other researchers and historians who are satisfied with old stuffy theories and the status quo. Your feet to the ground attitude to history has my respect and gratitude.

    Be safe and have fun.

    • Thank you m’am and thank you everybody, who are constantly helping out as Ed Reilly did on this mystery.


    This past Saturday, July 1, I visited For Loudon near Vonore, Tenn. In the displays of various artifacts there was a very small , silver, Maltese-type cross. It was about an inch long, and the “up and down” arms were a bit longer than the “side to side” arms. I did not notice any engraving. The displays included both Anglo and stuff identified as Cherokee or Native from the Little Tenn. Valley. Thought you might want to compare it with what you are researching in N.Georgia.

    • Do you know where there is a photo of it? The French occupied a fort on Bussell Island near Vonore until around 1721-1725.


        I can ask the park ranger who was in charge. He seemed very knowledgeable , but was extremely busy when I visited on Saturday.


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