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Surprising fact about Cullowhee, North Carolina and Curahee Mountain, Georgia

Surprising fact about Cullowhee, North Carolina and Curahee Mountain, Georgia

They were originally the same word and they refer to the Cullasee Creeks, who were associated with the Coweta Creeks in North Carolina and like them ended up on the Chattahoochee River.   This is just one of the surprises you’ll learn tomorrow in “A Guide to Creek, Maya and Arawak Place Names in North Carolina.”    The Tar Heel State will be in a state of shock.  There are very, very few true Cherokee place names in a region in which the Cherokees supposedly have lived for 10,000 years . . . or is it 12,000 years now?

Here is the riddle to think about tonight.   What does the State of Tennessee,  the longest river in Western North Carolina, Cuba and Puerto Rico have in common.

We’ll see y’all tomorrow morning!

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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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