Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
Nodoroc and the Bohurons
Nodoroc and the Bohurons contains excerpts from J.G.N. Wilson’s famous book, The Early History of Jackson County Georgia, and chapters include Nodoroc, The Wog, the Bohurons and Yamacutah, the mysterious site where the Great Spirit once walked.Nodoroc and the Bohurons is the fascinating history of the Native Americans, European settlers and strange creatures, who lived in northeastern Georgia during the late 1700s.
North America has a secret history. In 1763 when Great Britain won the French & Indian War, its scholars began to create a version of the past which marginalized the losers in North America. Surprisingly, the real history of the Southeast during the Colonial Period still lurks in the archives of Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida.
Many sections of Nodoroc and the Bohurons will have you saying “Oh my gosh!” Did you know such facts as:
- During the 1600s, Dutch speaking colonists lived as far south as the present day Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
- There was a triangular temple, built of quarried stone in what is now Metro Atlanta that was unlike any temples in the world . . . except those built during the Bronze Age (c. 2000 BC) on the Island of Cyprus. This temple even had a carved stone altar that was apparently used for human sacrifices.
- There was an equally large cousin of the Komodo Dragon living in the Southeast until the Southeastern Woodland Bison became extinct.
- Many English or Anglo-American explorers between 1651 and 1780 reported the presence of Spanish-speaking Jewish villages in the Southern Appalachians, but American historians erased their existence.
- There were two prominent Lower Cherokee towns with Sephardic Jewish names during the mid-1700s.
- There was a band of Creek mestizos at the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, who spoke a dialect that mixed Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish and Dutch words. The name of this Creek tribe was a pure Arabic name. Their horses had Arabic names.
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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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