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People of One Fire Youtube Channel is now operational!

People of One Fire Youtube Channel is now operational!


Sorry for making you folks wait so long, but Microsoft released the “Professional Level” PowerPoint 2018 software before working out all the bugs.  It took 19 recording sessions of the first part of our series on the Petroglyphs of North Georgia for the artificial intelligence in my business computer to fix the bugs.  Part One is on line.  Parts Two – Four will be quickly posted during the next two days.   I will be using more and more of the bells and whistles of this software as we go along, but one has to crawl before one walks!


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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.



    Great job Richard !

    • Thank you! The next ones will be better. I had to really burn the midnight oil to get the software working right. The program has the capability to be a frame for multiple video films. When I start doing that, the shows will become more visually stimulating.


        And I love hearing the correct pronunciation of people, places and tribes!


        I live in Jasper County Ga. I have in my possession what appear to be smelted pieces of Silver, fashioned by Native Americans. Please contact me for further info.

        • Peter, I am an Historic Preservation Architect-Planner and don’t get involved with artifacts. You might want to contact with Ocmulgee National Park to see if they can link you to a qualified expert on the subject.


            Thank you for your response Richard. I thought of you when I saw that the metal I found was smelted silver. Silver was a rare commodity in this part of the country, but I am a proponent of the latitude in which trade was conducted in the Americas prior to European intrusions. The petroglyphs on the pieces found are symbolic of man face, bear face. The same images and symbols abound on stones throughout the Southeastern US. Many are most certainly the same images found at Track Rock Gap. I am in the process of documenting my findings but the amount of history recorded on stone in the Southeast alone is astounding. I would love to send you some examples. Again thank you for the response.

          • Rene de Laudonniere sent trade reps to the North Georgia Mountains. They came back with gold, copper and silver objects made by the Natives there.


    Richard, Great work!! Clearly you are on the right path about the same peoples inhabiting locations in Europe and the Eastern U.S for the Copper / Bronze age. Same earth works, same symbols and some same basic word/ sound connections along with the DNA data should be enough to convince many people.
    That being said the map of 1701 includes the word “Chiraches” in eastern Tennessee perhaps a early form of the word other Native people would call the “Cherokee”. The “Togha” peoples later called “Tokah” living close by on the little Tennessee. The Yuche / Euchee people should have lore about the “Duhare” people living in Western North Carolina in the 1500’s as they close by to them as well? In any case the history books will have to be rewritten about the many peoples that migrated to the South East.


    Great job Richard! Thank you for all you do to bring the facts to light!


    Great job, Richard. Onward now to view the next one!!!

    Thanks for perservering,… again!


    Would like to know where I could see more research on the people of TUCKABATCHEE. I found info on Dawes of my great grand mother and her mother; her grandparents where last known to be in TUCKABATCHEE … this is where our research has ended, unfortunately.

    After reading your post re THE UNSOLVED MYSTERIES OF TUCKABATCHEE, I had to laugh because of your reference to the spotted ones … freckles (lots of freckles) run in our bloodline and we were dumbfounded as to where we got them … we thought possibly our lineage mixed with Ulster Scots and that is how we ended up as “spotted ones” 😀 I know that my relatives settled in Oklahoma and then later Texas. As was told to me, we are Creek originally and my generation is the last to be afforded roll numbers.

    If only I could go back in time, I would to love to know more. And, of course, this was just one side of my Indian Ancestory (my father’s maternal side … his father was also of Indian ancestory from another tribal area I am still researching.)

    Any recommends for research further would greatly be appreciated.
    Thank you,

    • Hey Carey Ann . . . the problem is that the academicians, who present themselves as experts on the Creeks, have very superficial knowledge. Most don’t even know what our words mean. Even the Creek professors at the University of Oklahoma didn’t know what Tuckabatchee meant. They have been gone from the south a long, long time. I do have one bit of information that you might find interesting. Tokahpasi (Tuckabatchee) was originally on the Chattahoochee River near Six Flags Over Georgia then moved to the Tallapoosa River then moved back to the Chattahoochee River in 1776. It stayed in Georgia until 1825. The word Tokah itself is Irish and means “Elite” or “the best”. The Creeks changed the meaning to freckled because the Irish immigrants were freckled.


    Thank you Richard, I appreciate your quick response and I am definitely going to keep up the hunt. We have a mix of Creek (father’s maternal side) and Cherokee (father’s fraternal side) in our bloodline … both sides mixed with Scots (possibly English & Irish, as well). Should I find anything more of interest, I will definitely share ! LOL, yes, freckles are the best 🐆

    For now, back down the rabbit hole I go !!


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