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Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve . . . a new brochure

Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve . . . a new brochure

 

The National Parks Conservation Association has just published a beautiful brochure on the concept of the Ocmulgee National Park and its enormous impact on the region’s economy.  What particularly caught my eye was the fact that about 98% of the artifacts unearthed at Ocmulgee National Monument are being stored at a National Park Service facility in Tallahassee, Florida.  When President Richard Nixon moved the Southeastern Archaeological Center from Ocmulgee National Monument to Tallahassee to punish the state for having two members on the Watergate Commission,  archaeological studies ceased at Ocmulgee National Monument for four decades.  Having the prestige of being a national park would be a major asset for attracting new archaeological studies to answer the many un-answered questions.  I strongly suspect that there are many hidden neighborhood, village  and town sites in the 38 mile long corridor proposed for the park.

To read this brochure online, go to:    Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve

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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. markveale@hotmail.com'

    Richard, Ocmulgee National Monument should be a National park with artifacts going back to the last ice age. I noticed in a article, the Books of the Chilam Balams (May codex) the first name of Chichen Itza was: “Uuc Yabnal” “Uuc” is a similar sound to “Ok” associated with 3 swampy areas of the South. At Chichen Itza is a building called: Wa(k)wak Puh Ak Na “The House of Mysterious Writing”, That term starts very similar to the name for Okmulgee “Waka” and for the lake city in South Florida. The name that the Maya called the building indicates another written script was being used by the first Nobles… that was not understood by the Maya or Itza peoples. The Apalache Nobles (Paracusis) with Peruvian /Amazonian connections could have originated these words and had their own written script. The Paracuss Nobles stated they were related to a people in Mexico and had built a city there: “Uc Yabnal” ? later called “Chichen Itza”…. but founded by the Paracusis /Toltec’s? who wore helmets like the Wari people of Peru. They also stated they were great road builders like the Wari people of Peru (Para). It’s likely that they were involved in 2 Mexican cities: Chichen Itza, Tollan (Tula). Thanks for your articles.

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    • Yes, Oka is the Itsate Creek, Chickasaw and Choctaw word for water. It probably evolved long ago from Waka.

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