Richard Thornton | Jun 3, 2017 | 15
Peru’s Shipibo also build agricultural terraces
The homeland of the Shipibo is one of forest covered mountains, fast running rivers and many waterfalls. It is quite conceivable that after fleeing oppression in Peru, and a long sea voyage northward that they would have gravitated to a similar landscape. As can be seen in the video at the end of the previous article, the Shipibo, Conibo and Kashibo also preferred to locate their villages next to shoals on rivers . . . just like the Apalache in the Southeast.
The Shipibo still build and maintain terraces for farming their mountainous territory. This can be seen in the background of the video frame above. In fact, these terraces are quite similar to those on slopes of Track Rock Gap in Georgia.
In all the Panoan languages, the word for a village chief is orata. It may be recalled that this term was frequently used when Captain Juan Pardo explored the Carolinas and Georgia between 1567 and 1569. Many of the village names in South Carolina that were recorded by Pardo’s adjutant, Juan dela Bandera, can be translated with a Panoan dictionary, but appear to have no meaning in Muskogee-Creek.
The Itsa Mayas were not ethnic Mayas. They immigrated into the Chiapas Highlands from the south then because dominated by first, the Totonacs and later, the Lowland Mayas. Despite being immersed within several Mexican languages, the Itza still manage to speak several of thier aboriginal words,
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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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