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The Time of the Sun Lords

Roger Barnett is known to the people of Oklahoma as the affable Second Chief of the Muscogee-Creek Nation. His real title in the Mvskoke language is Henehv (He(-ne(-ha(w.) That word is derived from the Itza Maya political title, hene-ahau, which means “sun lord.” Both the Creeks and the Mayas once called their High Kings, Great Suns. No one in “mainstream” academia ever caught the connection.

Track Rock Gap Sun Lords

Track Rock Gap, GA is one of many places where newcomers, called “Sun Lords” probably established themselves as the elite of indigenous ethnic groups in the Southeast.

Several Southeastern Native American tribes maintain traditions that long in the past, “Sun Lords” or “Sun People” migrated to North America and introduced the large scale cultivation of corn and beans, plus more sophisticated concepts for the organization of society. The Creek and Cherokee Indians even have traditions that there once was a great city on the side of Georgia’s highest mountain, which ruled much of the region. Caucasian ethnologists dutifully wrote down these traditions, but treated them as myths; of no more scientific significance than “Hansel and Gretel” by the Brothers Grimm.

This article in the series about the debut of American Unearthed is an overview of various Southeastern Native American traditions that describe immigration by groups of advanced people from the south. These immigrants became the elite of much more sophisticated societies. Creek and Cherokee legends, plus early European archives, specifically describe a great city on the side of Georgia’s highest mountain, which undoubtedly refers to the Track Rock Archaeological Zone.

The article also explains how what archaeologist call “The Lamar Culture” came about. Additional information can be found at:

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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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