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Video: An introduction to the Shipibo of Peru

Video:  An introduction to the Shipibo of Peru

Especially, if your ancestry is Cherokee, Creek, Seminole,  Miccosukee or Southern Shawnee, you should watch this brief video.  These people are some of your relatives.  The original name of the Holston River in Tennessee was the Shipi-sippi . . .  Shipibo River.   That was its name in 1701.  Along it were towns with Panoan names such as Chiska and Chalaka.  In 1717, the next round of maps labeled  the Holston River,  “Charaquis. ”   Chiska evidently became the Cherokee Chisqua (Bird) Clan.   Chalaka moved south to Talledega, Alabama and became a member of the Creek Confederacy.

However, the Panoan roots began much earlier.   The first cousins of the Shipibo, the Conibo, live in the Andean Foothills.  Their stamped pottery, 1800 years ago, was identical to Swift Creek pottery. The stamped pottery of the Shipibo at that time was identical to Napier pottery, which followed the Swift Creek culture in the Southeast.   Both cultures were directly ancestral to the Apalache Creeks . . .  later known as the Koweta. Thereafter, most decorated proto-Creek pottery was similar to either Conibo or Shipibo pottery.

Both the capital of the Conibo in eastern Peru and their capital in the Southern Piedmont of the USA was named Konas (Conos in Juan Perdo’s journal.)  From that word we get the modern place names of Kanahiti, Connestee,  Conasauga, Kennesaw, Conasee. Quanasee, etc.  Kanahiti was also a Southern Shawnee band.

SeminoleKeeperUntil the mid-20th century the lifestyles of the Shipibo and the Southern Florida Seminole were almost identical.  There was little difference in their clothing.  The Creek and Seminole “long shirt” is still the standard formal attire for Conibo, Shipibo and Kashibo men.

Still today,  Conibo, Shipibo and Seminole mikkos and holy men wear the same hat.  Haven’t you ever wondered where that hat came from?

Hope you enjoy the film!  It is in English or has English subtitles

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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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    Very interesting article.

    The origin of the word/name Cherokee is very complex and mysterious.

    Languages the word/name Cherokee could originate from:
    – Tsalagi – Choctaw
    – Tisolki – Creek
    – Chiloki – Totonac, Itza Maya, Itsate Creek
    – Chirukui – Ngäbe-Buglé
    – Chalaka – Panoan

    In a previous article on Sequoyah the Cherokee Syllabary
    was discussed. The Georgian Alphabet was included.
    This Georgian Alphabet is ofcourse from the European
    country Georgia.
    Shortly after reading that particular article I searched for placenames in Georgia (Europe) and I came across a
    Georgian river named “Choloki”.
    This doesn’t have to mean anything. I think it’s interesting that the Georgian Alphabet could be linked to the writing system of the Cherokee and also can have a similar (place)name for a river
    (Chalaka – Choloki).


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