Researchers prove that Vikings were descendants of Cherokees
An upcoming blockbuster special on PBS explores the revolutionary discoveries made by a new generation of archaeologists and historians that completely change our understanding of the past. In the documentary, ” Kituwah Sagas . . . the Cherokee settlement of Scandinavia,” PBS film crews followed archaeologists in the field, plus historians on the computer and in museums as they solve one mystery after another. It is an exciting screen adventure.
Sandy Mush, North Carolina – Within the spacious offices of the Cherokee Sacred Places Archaeological Trust, in a beautiful mountain valley just west of Asheville, Dr. Thelma Youngblood, the organization’s Executive Director, lingers over a map of eastern North America, the North Atlantic Ocean and Western Europe. She looks up to speak to me, “All archaeologists agree that we Cherokees are the Principal People, you know . . . the first humans, the inventors of Indian mounds, pottery, agriculture and Spandex . . . yet no one could solve the Oklahoma-Scandinavia question. It was obvious that several million dollars of casino profits would have to be distributed to qualified academicians, who are willing to say what we tell them to say, in order to solve this riddle.”
Indeed, it was a riddle and the source of many bitter arguments at academic conferences. For over almost two centuries, scientists have been unable to explain why Scandinavians look like most Oklahoma Cherokees. The Great Cherokees were obviously walking the earth thousands of years before Scandinavians, but Eurocentric scholars refused to admit that Cherokee explorers could have reached Europe before 1000 AD. This was the time period when the Great Cherokees were building Ocmulgee Mounds and Etowah Mounds, plus the Track Rock Gap Terraces in Georgia as burial places for the great chiefs and great warriors . . . oh, and also as 300+ platforms for performing Great Cherokee Ceremonial Dances for future tourists, while wearing Sioux war bonnets.
If the name, Thelma Youngblood, sounds familiar, she is the brilliant anthropologist, who in 1998 discovered that the Cherokees invented glass. While writing a two page term paper for her GED class on “How the Cherokees Invented Stallings Island Pottery Without Being There,” she looked up the word, vitrification, in a dictionary. She didn’t understand the encyclopedia’s explanation of how clay became ceramics.
When Dr. Youngblood read that vitrification means “to turn into glass” she reasoned that if the Cherokees turned clay into glass to make the first pottery, they obviously already knew how to make glass. Because of her brilliant deductive thinking that vastly exceeded that of most Tar Heel archaeologists, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill declared the term paper to be a dissertation and she was awarded a PhD in Native American Studies with oak leaf clusters.
The most backward and obstinate academicians refused to admit that Cherokee explorers crossed the Atlantic at all. They insisted that the Scandinavians evolved Oklahoma Cherokee features independently through natural selection and genetic mutation.
Dr. Youngblood also faced opposition from the full-blood Cherokees on her board. In particular, Adam Cohen, Sylvia Blicksilver, David Lerner and Ruth Weizenberg initially refused to approve a penny for research in geographical regions outside the traditional boundaries of the Great Cherokee Nation, which includes Israel, North Africa, Iberia, Turkey, Egypt, Siberia, North American and South America. Without their votes, the 3/4ths majority required for funds disbursement was impossible.
However, over time the four member opposition began to see that being the Principal People, their domain really was the whole world. In November 2012, the board voted unanimously to award a contract to non-Cherokee archaeologist, Gilbert Kuykendall, Esq. to create a map that showed all Cherokee mounds in the world.
Scientific research solves the mystery
Dr. Kuykendall’s methodology was highly sophisticated and followed traditional Cherokee standards for fiscal integrity. It is the Cherokee belief that no human remains or artifacts should be disturbed, because they might conflict with official Cherokee history. Therefore, the archaeologist rented a ground radar unit from Aaron’s Rent-A-Dig in Malmo, Sweden and went to work.
Kuykendall googled “mounds” on his laptop computer and looked for pretty pictures. His favorite picture happened to be in the Province of Skåne. It was the oldest mound in Southern Sweden. He emailed the local mayor, Tycho Brahe, and offered to create a Swiss bank account in the mayor’s name for the amount of $5,000 Euros, if allowed examine the mound with underground radar. That agreed upon, Kuykendall used his ground radar one morning until he saw a skeleton. He declared the image to be of the oldest known, Great Cherokee chief and then took the train across the Oresund Bridge to Copenhagen. There, he picked up a hot Danish archaeologist and spent the weekend with her at Tivoli Gardens . . . plus elsewhere.
By Great Cherokee Law, any archaeological site that is examined by an archaeologist being paid by casino profits becomes a Sacred Cherokee Site. Thereafter, no other archaeologist can touch it. The Great Cherokee Nation notified Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus, Kung av Sverige, Hertig av Jämtland och Arl av Lappland, that the Kuykendall Mound in Sweden was now territory of the Great Cherokee Nation.
The scientific riddle was solved. Great Cherokee explorers sailed to Scandinavia around 2,200 BC and founded a great city called Borstahusen. It is an ancient Cherokee word, whose meaning has been lost. The descendants of those brave explorers became the Scandinavians.
Proving that the Scandinavian Cherokees returned home
The last missing piece of the puzzle was solved in February of 2016. Archaeologists funded by the Cherokee Sacred Places Archaeological Trust were in Manteo Island, NC . . . digging on the grounds of the now-demolished home of beloved North Carolina comedian, Andrew Jackson Griffith. They were hoping to find proof that despite his name, Andy Griffith was really a Cherokee, so he could be prayed into Cherokee Heaven.
The climax of the TV documentary occurs when an archaeologist suddenly unearths an ornate glass vase. She looks on the bottom and sees the logo of the Viking Glass Company. The Cherokee Vikings had landed on Manteo Island, North Carolina and Andy Griffith was their descendant!
Further archival research by the brilliant scholars of the Cherokee Sacred Places Archaeological Trust determined that the Scandinavian Cherokees eventually moved to present day West Virginia, which is known Cherokee ancestral territory. The proof was in an old advertisement from a century ago.
Shezam, shezam, shezam 😉
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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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