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Shell Tempered Pottery ~ A Lurking Killer

Shell tempered pottery is popular topic at trendy cocktail parties and chic discos. Politicians can rant for hours of how shell tempered pottery was a key belief of our Founding Fathers and today, is a bulwark of family values and the fight against creeping socialism. However, how many of you have actually MADE shell tempered pottery? In this humorous essay, the writer describes the catastrophic failure of his first experiment in the glamorous world of shell tempered pottery. It was definitely one of those experiments that one should not try at home, alone – unless you are looking for an effective way of eliminating rat infestations or an ex-significant other.

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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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