Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
The Mayas in North America “Thing” – Part Three – The Track Rock X-files
Since December 2012, life has not been good for the members of the US Forest Service bureaucracy, Eastern Band of Cherokees bureaucracy and Oklahoma Muscogee-Creek bureaucracy, who participated in the doomed, “Maya Myth Busting in the Mountains” campaign. The EBC is facing a default on over a billion dollars in debt, if its new Murphy casino doesn’t quickly get into operation and producing exceptional income. USFS bureaucrats are looking over their shoulder to see who is being investigated or transferred next. The Principal Chief of the Muscogee-Creek Nation has been rocked by one corruption scandal after another, the most recent being a 12-2 no confidence vote by the MCN Council. From whence the Wind Clan blows, nobody knows.
See what else went on behind the scenes during those years that a lot of people, especially Georgia archaeologists, would like to see swept under the rug. Do you have the sleuth qualifications to be a star on the new X-files series? Try to answer the questions.
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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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