Video: Ancestors of the Florida Apalachee in Colombia
Two things immediately caught my eye is this video with English subtitles. The chiefs word a “split cane, halo-like crown like those of the Florida Apalachee and the communal building was very similar to those built by the Florida Apalachee and Calusa. It is rectangular and has a gable roof. Spanish missionaries to the Apalachee adopted this architectural tradition to the construction of mission churches.
I also noticed several artistic themes practiced by the Yurupari, which were very similar to Florida Apalachee art, but not proto-Creek art. Some of the engraved wood motifs of the Yurupari can also be seen in Florida Apalachee copper art.
Almost all references describe Florida Apalachee as “Southern Muskogeans.” However, none of the surviving Apalachee place names and political titles are Muskogean words. All are South American words, the vast majority being Southern Arawak. The Florida Apalachee never called themselves by that name, until the Spanish told them that was their name. They had one village, named Apalachen (plural of Apalache) which was a colony from the Highland Apalache in Georgia.
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