The Creek Legend of the Tall Extraterrestrials and their Star Gates
A legend is an oral tradition, passed down from generation to generation. It is not scientific fact, nor even recorded history. Nevertheless, true events are often incorporated into Muskogean legends. We have found that the recently discovered Original Creek Migration Legend is a very reliable “road map” of Vera Cruz State, Mexico and the Southern Highlands of the United States.
Since the era of Erich von Däniken, many writers have used indigenous legends in the Americas as “proof” that their particular take on the past is correct. It is highly significant that Von Däniken wrote Chariot of the Gods, while serving time in prison for tax fraud and embezzlement at the Swiss hotel, he formerly managed.
Little known is that Von Däniken’s original manuscript was so amateurish that no publisher would touch it. The book that the public bought was heavily re-written by its editor, Wilhelm Roggersdorf. A Wikipedia article recently revealed that Roggersdorf was actually Wilhelm “Utz” Utermann, a prominent German NAZI ideologue, writer, journalist, screenwriter and film producer. Utermann believed that the German elite were descended from extraterrestrials, who were always intended to rule an Earth, peopled by inferior beings.
Yes, Von Däniken, the brilliant intellectual, was a myth created by aging German NAZI’s, hiding in the closet. He was a patsy, who took the money and ran. This is why all of these ancient alien astronaut theorists to this day have white people creating the great wonders of the Americas. No matter what particular religious or cultural drapery they apply to their pet version, it is still NAZI racism at its core.
A basic flaw in all many alternative explanations of the past is that they start out with a theory and want to prove that they are right. They selectively cite bits of evidence that in their minds, prove that they are brilliant. Thus, one eventually ends up with such logic as “The Mississippi Delta was created by ancient Dutch explorers because the Netherlands were originally flat and swampy.” There may be facts included in the publications of Von Däniken and his genre, but when their goal is the elevation of their own race or religion, the scientific methodology becomes suspect.
The truth is that I was looking for ruins of 16th century Sephardic gold mining villages, when I stumbled upon the Track Rock terrace complex. The great archaeologist, Arthur Kelly, had showed me photos and actual artifacts that he found on the Lower Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, which he thought were either made in Mesoamerica or copies of Mesoamerican artifacts. I assumed that eventually some archaeologist would find more of such artifacts in that region, thus proving direct contact with Mesoamerica. For many years, I foolishly had overlooked blatant evidence elsewhere, because I naively assumed that was it was impossible for Maya refugees to have settled in the interior of the Southeast.
When I was a kid, Uncle Hal took some of my cousins and I to a knoll overlooking the Savannah River near Elberton, GA. He pointed down to some slight bumps the flood plain and said that when he was growing up, there was the vestige of a round spiral mound down there. On top of this mound had once been a temple, where very tall people from another planet could come and go. That was the reason that the Creeks were taller than most folks. He said that there was once another such temple somewhere in the Nacoochee Valley, but he did not know where. That’s all he told us.
In 1939, Robert Wauchope became the first and last archaeologist to study the Rembert Mound Complex. Its most impressive original features were massive football field size, 8-12 feet tall rectangular platforms filled with black, biochar earth. Soon after the first Virginians arrived in Elbert County after the American Revolution, the black soil had been hauled away and sold to new settlers to fertilize their gardens and fields. The Great Spiral Mound on the Savannah River was still intact enough for Wauchope to measure and draw. It was three times the size of the Great Spiral Mound at Ocmulgee National Monument.
A little over three decades later, archaeologist Joseph Caldwell led a team to Elbert County to re-examine the Rembert Mounds before they were covered with the waters of Lake Richard B. Russell. They went to the wrong mound site. Caldwell set up camp at the Elbert Mounds, which were 2 miles north of the mouth of the Broad River. Wauchope clearly wrote that the Rembert Mounds were almost six miles north of the Broad River.
Caldwell stated in his report that the Great Spiral Mound was completely gone. This erroneous statement and the inaccurate location has been fossilized in stone by subsequent generations of archaeologists and anthropological publications. The real Rembert Mounds were covered in water without being studied further.
The Creek Extraterrestrial Visitors Legend
Over the past 15 years, I have discussed the legend told me by Uncle Hal with Creeks, Seminoles and Miccosukees in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma. No one had the complete story. Most associated the concept of star gates with only one or two ancient shrines . . . the most prevalent being the Great Spiral Mound at Ocmulgee National Monument. Very few Oklahoma Creeks knew the legend at all. A few Oklahoma elders vaguely knew a legend about past contacts with very tall extraterrestrials.
There is a reason for the lack of cultural memory among Oklahoma Muskogee-Creeks. The Muskogee speakers did not have a significant presence in Georgia until the Colonial Period. Perhaps the stargates (if they even existed) had ceased to operate by the 1500s and 1600s.
Here is the “assimilated” version of the legend. It may have details that were influenced by exposure to 20th century science fiction plots, but the fact is that the Uchee and Creek glyph for a time portal, aka a star gate, may be found in their Motherland on petroglyphs from the Late Archaic Period forward.
Beings have been coming down from the sky since ancient times. Most that visited the Uchee/Creek Motherland looked very much like humans, but were very tall . . . from seven to eight feet tall. (A Creek ela equals 13 English inches.) They came to our land to mine a certain mineral, which they did not have in their nation, far away in the heavens.
The tall visitors chose the ancestors of the Creeks as their allies on Earth. They sometimes married our people. The children from the visitor’s women were the tallest of the mixed offspring . . . sometimes just as tall as the visitors. The children from Creek mothers were about six and a half to seven feet tall. All of these mixed offspring were very wise. The visitor women’s offspring became our leaders, who we now call Aparasi-te. They and the Creek women’s mixed offspring became our Wind Clan, who became our priests, Keepers and scholars.
The visitors taught us about the universe. They said that one God created all worlds and all people. She was invisible, but her love for us was symbolized by the sun. For us to know the travels of the sun, was to partially understand the Creator of all things. We were not to worship many gods like the Waha-te (Mesoamerican, the Serpent God or the Fire God, plus we were not to conjure demons fires and springs. The Fire God would appear as a bright light to shamans and pretend to be the Creator, but he was really a spiritual son of the Creator, who had rebelled against his Mother. We were also not to make animal or human sacrifices. We were to build sacred temples to the Creator on high places. That we have done ever since then.
Then one day the visitors came to our Wind Clan Keepers and said, “Build temples on mounds and stone shrines in certain places, so we can travel back and forth from our land to your land more often.” This was done.
The visitors taught our Keepers of the Day how to measure time. They taught some Keepers about the magical use of numbers to measure land and other things. The Keepers of the Land were taught how to grow more food from the land. The Talliya Keepers were taught how to plan towns like the ones the visitors came from.
After many suns had passed, some Wind Clan priests wanted to visit the nation of their other ancestors. The visitors told them that it was dangerous for the priests since they were part human. However, the visitors granted their wish. Those priests, who were able to visit the mother planet and return safely, described a universe that was unimaginably large and beautiful. However, many priests did not return or showed up in the portal temples with their bodies so mangled that they quickly died.
Then one day, the Visitors came to our leaders and said, “We will not be able to visit you again, because of something that is about to happen in our world. Evil strangers are coming from another part of your world, who will invade your lands. A terrible time is coming in which the Earth will suffer and many children wille. However, one day we will be able to return and set things right.”
Concept of a universe – The above story would seem to be pleasant folklore, except there are so many cultural and physical facts that cannot be explained via our current knowledge of the past in the Americas. For starters, the Creeks were about the only Pre-Industrial people, who viewed the Earth as one planet in a universe containing many planets and galaxies. The symbol of the Wind Clan is a spiral galaxy in a field of stars and other galaxies. There is no way that someone standing on Earth, without a powerful telescope, would know that there were spiral galaxies.
Then there is the symbol of the Creator. It is coiled rattlesnake, symbolizing the Milky Way with the omniscient hand and eye of the Creator in the center. The Panoan peoples of Eastern Peru use a similar symbol but their universe was defined by a giant anaconda snake, rather than a rattlesnake.
The people living in the Creek Motherland, when the first European explorers arrived, were monotheistic, but apparently had no concept similar to the Messiah, Jesus Christ or the Prophet. Their understanding of the Creator was diametrically opposite to that of Islam. The Creator was viewed as a universal mother, who loved her children, despite all their failings. There was no concept of humans bowing down or submitting totally to some Middle Eastern war god, but rather a spiritual way of life that tuned into the motherly guidance of the Creator, which was like a radio transmission to each person’s brain. In the duality that permeated all aspects of Creek life, the individual had a personal relationship with a loving Creator, but also was expected to participate in communitywide rituals and prayers.
An emphasis was placed on putting the welfare of the community before that of the individual. This was balanced by an obligation of the community to look after the welfare of all its citizens no matter how wealthy or politically powerful they were. Ostentatious accumulation of personal wealth and/or display of power were considered sins. According to Georgia Colonial Secretary, Thomas Christie, all Creeks had to announce their sins publicly and forgive those who sinned against them, before entering the temple. Thus, the “Spiritual Path of the Creeks” was very similar to the words spoken by Jesus, but did not emulate the structure of institutional Christianity or Old World societies.
All of their neighbors, as was typical of the Americas, worshiped many gods, conjured demons from fires or were animists, who believe that all objects contained spirits, either good or malevolent. So for the Creeks to have a religion so starkly different than others in Americas, is especially remarkable.
When the De Soto Expedition entered the Ocmulgee River Basin, they encountered peoples, who were far more advanced than the ones in the Florida Peninsula. They also noticed many statues of people, created from wood, stone or fired ceramics. They asked the people of Toa, if these were their gods. A leader responded, “No, we worship one invisible God, who created the universe. The statues honor our famous ancestors.”
In 1658, French ethnologist, Charles de Rochefort, went into great detail describing Apalache (Proto-Creek) religious practices. He said that they believed in a single Creator god, who was symbolized by the sun, but was not the sun. Animal and human sacrifices were considered abominations. He said that no blood, even of game animals, could be shed within one lieu ancien (two miles) of a temple or shrine. The elite were expected to regular “sacrifice” luxury personal items, such as brightly colored clothing, on the stone altar in the temple. These items were distributed to the commoners by the priests. Large flocks of Tonatzuli (Painted Buntings) were maintained by the priests in the mountaintop temples. They were considered the bearers of prayers to the Sun Goddess (Creator.)
De Rochefort also said that the Holiest Month began on the Spring Equinox and that it was followed by the month in which maize was planted. The next most important month began on the Summer Solstice. This festival celebrated the ripening of the maize (corn) ears. We know this event as the Green Corn Festival.
In 1784 Jordan Clark and Jacob Bankston, passed by the Yamacutah Shrine on their way from Virginia. Many Virginians took up Georgia’s offer of free land in the illegally acquired section of the Creek Nation in Northeast Georgia. Georgia officials filled the land with settlers so that by the time the US Congress addressed a fraudulent treaty in which a small renegade band of defeated Cherokees gave away a vast territory belonging to the Creeks allies of the Patriots, it was a fait accompli.
Confirming statements made over a century earlier by Charles de Rochefort, Clark and Bankston stated that no shedding of blood was allowed in the vicinity of a Creek shrine. They had killed a bear near the Yamacutah Shrine. This made the local Creeks irate. They said that Yamacutah marked the spot where “the Great Spirit” had bid farewell and disappeared before the eyes of a crowd of followers. The “Great Spirit” had been living among the Apalache People for awhile prior to his departure.
Creek oral legends provide a slightly different story. Yamacutah was near one of the locations where the Visitors had a star gate. The shrine marked the spot where the last Visitor had departed into outer space.
Clark and Bankston were evidently surveyors, because they provided us today with an exceptionally detailed description of the Yamacutah Shrine’s dimensions, stone monuments and stone inscriptions. They stated that a repetitive motif appeared on many of the quarried stones, which alternating 3 and 5 crescent moons, turned outward. I cannot think of any other culture that used that motif. One larger stone monument contained a writing system unlike any that the men knew, with a sunrise above it. A sample of the stone monuments is pictured below.
North Americans outside of the Southeast consistently think of Native Americans being shorter than them, when the opposite was the typical case throughout most of North America, south of the Arctic. However, the Creeks were even taller than typical indigenous Americans. About ten years ago a “Alternative History” researcher from Minnesota argued bitterly with me that Etowah Mounds was built by Vikings, because its occupants were tall. Some seven feet tall skeletons have been found in royal burials in both Etowah Mounds and Ocmulgee National Monument. George Washington excavated an entire cemetery full of six to seven feet tall skeletons while supervising the construction of Fort Loudon in Winchester, VA. A little known fact is that the Shenandoah Valley was filled with mound builders until the late 1600s, when they were suddenly exterminated by slave raiders.
The chroniclers of the De Soto Expedition state that the indigenous men living in the Creek Homeland averaged a foot taller than the Spaniards. The leader of Pro-British Creek forces in Georgia during the American Revolution was seven feet tall and in his 90s. Even today, male Creek descendants, particularly in Northeast Alabama and Central Georgia are noticeably higher than the norm. So, this aspect of the Creek Extraterrestrial Legend is absolute fact.
The Spiral Mounds
In anthropology books and tour guides, almost no attention is given to the difficulty of building a spiral ground. Perhaps because the authors have liberal arts backgrounds, they have no clue has to what is involved with building a precisely symmetrical spiral structure, such as the Great Spiral Mound at Ocmulgee National Monument. I have been working on the 3D computer models of the two spiral mounds in Georgia for several weeks and have several more weeks of work to go. Each point and line requires a calculation from the branch of Calculus Mathematics called Integral Equations. Now I had a world class education in graphics science at Georgia Tech and have created literally thousands of complex drawings since then. Think how complicated the construction was on these two monuments. Their builders were obviously not Stone Age dullards.
As can seen from the GIS satellite image above, the builders of spiral mounds and stone ovals were able to perfectly align these structures at a distance up to 128 miles apart. This would be a difficult task today for a small surveying crew, using laser theodolites. How did they do it back then?
William Bartram commented that in 1773 he observed the superiority of Creek land surveyors to their British Colonial counterparts. A group of Creek leaders were accompanying a surveying crew as they staked out the boundaries of the land cession in the Treaty of Augusta. Becoming increasingly angry at their amateurish mistakes, a Creek taliya (architect-surveyor) offered to complete the survey, if he was paid the same amount that the British surveyors would have been paid.
British officials chuckled, but took up the offer in order to put the savages in their proper place. The talliya did the job perfectly, but with instruments that appeared incomprehensible to the Brits. Overland surveying would have required substantial knowledge of trigonometry and geometry. Did the ancestors of the Creeks develop these mathematical skills independently or were they taught them by the Visitors? We will probably never know.
Does the geometric form created by these shrines and mounds have a meaning beyond a simple cross or an asymmetrical diamond? Maybe yes and maybe no. Five major concentrations of towns and villages, ancestral to the Creek Confederacy located around these shrines during the Mississippian Cultural Period (900 AD-1600 AD). The five sites that various versions of the extraterrestrial legend placed star gates do form a cross. The locations of stone shrines on top of Kennesaw and Stone Mountain seem to not fit. That might be the end of it.
However, if one mirror-images the satellite map, it becomes almost identical to the Southern Cross (Crux) constellation, which probably was no visible in the skies of North America when these structures were built. On the other hand, POOF’s research over the past three years has proven that South American peoples migrated to the Lower Southeast in several waves.
Suggesting that the builders of these mounds and shrines intentionally created a mirror image of the Crux Constellation might seem rather implausible, but scientists are finding that several forms created by massive assemblies of field stones in the Nazca Plain of Peru are actually mirror reversed images of known constellations. They compose what one would see from looking behind this constellation. We also know that the title of the High Kings of the Apalache . . . Paracusi-te . . . means that they claimed descent from the ethnic group who built these mirror-image constellations in Peru.
However, why would anyone want to create a mirror image of constellation 128 miles from north to south? Unlike the Nazca lines and images, they would have no meaning from within the earth’s atmosphere. The viewer would have to be at least 100 miles out in space to appreciate this extreme display of surveying skills, and then the mounds and stone ovals would be almost invisible dots. There would have to be bright lights or electronic beacons in these temples to have any possible functional value. Those are a lot of ifs, considering that currently there is no absolute proof of an extraterrestrial presence in the region.
The truth is out there somewhere
Today, there are two versions of the Southeast’s Native American history. One is simplistic and neatly packaged into a table of pottery styles with English or Spanish names. The anthropologists, who created it want you to think that they know everything there is to know about the matter.
The People of One Fire has been developing the other version. It is complex, three dimensional, interactive with other regions of the Americas and full of questions that have not yet been answered. Close Encounters of a Third Kind is an area of research for which there are still many questions.
And now you know!
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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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