Richard Thornton | Aug 9, 2017 | 5
Video: How to make a Maya/Creek drum
The most common Creek drum is a narrower diameter and was about twice the height. It was the ancestor of the conga drum. However, this size drum also appears in drawings of Maya and Creek musicians. There is no mention of the broad Plains Indians drums that one now sees at all pow wows.
The Muskogeans did not play slow boom-boom-boom drum music until they moved out to Oklahoma and made contacts with the Plains Indians. Their traditional music in Georgia was described as being very fast and syncopated. The De Soto Chronicles state that an orchestra, playing 32 wind and percussion instruments, accompanied the King of Cusa, when he came out to meet Hernando de Soto.
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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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