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Video: Comparison of the Miccosukee with the Zoque People of Mexico

Video: Comparison of the Miccosukee with the Zoque People of Mexico


The ancestors of the Miccosukee probably migrated out of Mexico around 700 years ago. Their ancestors had been participants in the Olmec and Maya Civilizations, but they found the oppression by Mexica (Aztec) conquerors more than they could bear. This program examines the cultural heritage of the Miccosukee and compares it to the traditions practiced by the Zoque of Mexico today. Are there still any similarities between the Miccosukee and the Zoque?  You will be surprised! 

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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.



    Richard, a wonderful education video from you about the Sukee. Someone else interested in history about the Sokee/ Sukee or the so called “Olmecs” found artifacts on a small island by the Yucatan that pushed back the beginning of their Civilization to 3000 BC. Mercury 7 Astronaut Gordon Cooper. This is about 1000 years after the invention of Bronze around the Black Sea…the area of the origin starting point of the elongated Parakusa and terraced hills. This is also considered the starting point of the “Serpent cult” religion so this all seems to fit very well with what South Eastern Native Americans have said they crossed from the Rising sun land. Clearly different groups met and unified from different directions for some time period in Central America.

    • Had no idea that Gordon Cooper was interested in anthropology! Of course, the Bilbo Mound and platform village in Savannah dates from around 3545 BC!


        Richard, This computer city artwork you have rendered does remind me of the “Circle and square” Geoglyphs found in both Brazil and Ohio. That could indicate a merging of two main groups that built different shaped Earth mounds but has anyone yet found a stepped Pyramid going back to 3500 BC in the South East ? Some of those “terraced hills” you have found might have “stepped pyramids” close by. After all this time they could just look like hills.


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