Richard Thornton | Aug 9, 2017 | 5
POOF University begins on April 9, 2016
The first online course of the People of One Fire University is being sponsored by the Uchean Historical Society. The course is entitled, Ancient Roots, the Architectural Heritage of the Uchee, Chickasaw and Creek Peoples. The program will begin at the end of the Ice Age and go forward to the construction of a hotel for the general public at Indian Springs, GA by Mikko William McIntosh in 1825.
To learn more details and subscribe to the course, contact Lonzado Langley of the Uchean Historical Society at LonzadoiL@aol.com
Registered Architect and City Planner, Richard L. Thornton, is the instructor. The tuition is $25. No textbooks are required. Special software used by the course sponsor will enable students to ask questions to the instructor. This will be a two-way educational experience.
Uchee, Chickasaw and Creek cultural traditions are being presented together, because it has become obvious that the Uchees were the root population in the Southeast with which Muskogeans and other peoples mixed to create the modern Muskogean tribes. Later courses will focus on the Florida Peninsula, Gulf Coast and Mississippi River Basin.
No formal academic credits are being offered at this time, but the standards of the class syllabus drastically exceed that of my course in Mesoamerican architecture that I taught years ago at Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture. The Power Point slides will contain original virtual reality computer images, based on the latest archaeological information available.
Intriguing connection between Southwest Ireland and the Uchee
Genetics will not be covered in this course, but this image of a young “Black Irish” lady from County Kerry on the southwest tip of Ireland is intriguing. She has a fair complexion, but her facial features are identical to paintings of several Uchees along the Savannah River before they began mixing with peoples from the Old World. I also know several Seminole families in Florida with these facial features, but darker complexions. Creek families in Eastern Georgia and western South Carolina have the same protruding chins and pronounced cheek bones as this lady, but their skulls are shaped differently. Of course, as stated above, most Muskogeans are probably part Uchee.
County Kerry is the location of Bronze Age petroglyphs, which are identical to those found in the section of the Georgia Mountains, known as the Georgia Gold Belt.
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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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