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Southeastern Stone Structure Survey is still continuing

Southeastern Stone Structure Survey is still continuing

The People of One Fire’s readership has grown exponentially in the past three years. One month it was over 77,000!  

Many of the new readers and subscribers are not aware that for over five years we have maintained archives, which describe the specific locations of Native American stone structures in the Southeast.  The Southeastern Stone Structure survey consists of a digital GIS map, photographic archives and written descriptions of the sites.  We are doing this because many states do not even list the stone structures as either archaeological or historic sites.  We have an agreement with the National Park Service that in return for their agency providing us with the secret locations of stone cairns and enclosures on NPS properties, we at some point in the future give them a copy of our survey.

If you see a probable Native American stone structure site, while hiking or canoeing, please take the time to obtain its GPS coordinates.  If possible, take some photos and send POOF a brief description of what you encountered.

Remember . . .  Native American heritage is America’s heritage!

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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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