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Video: Miccosukee Folklore

Video: Miccosukee Folklore


Although they have been separated from their cousins in Mexico, the Zoque, for many centuries,  traditional Miccosukee folklore and religion was remarkably similar to that of the Zoque in 1911.   That is when Mikko Jim Gopher told these stories around a campfire with school teacher, J. E.  Lazelle. 

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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, Speaking of being remarkably similar look at the connections between the Portsmouth, Ohio Earth works and Avebury England’s. This has to be the “Bell beaker pottery” connection found by you in Savanna, Georgia. That’s just too remarkable of a connection and I’m thinking the Parakusa type skull people had something to do with all those ancient Earth works from different places of the planet being represented in Ohio. Some of the mounds look like landed “flying saucers” for some reason?

    • You know, I am the only person, who has ever mentioned about the similarity between the Olmec Civilization “big heads” and the Paracusa “bigheads.” I don’t know why. It is obvious.


        Richard, “the truth is out there somewhere”…what happened to these super sized skull/ brain Parakusa? Any lore passed to you and Yes thanks to you people who are interested in a more truthful history of the Native peoples can read your articles. Thanks for the articles.


        Richard, Once again this article I sent you having to do with the Beaker people is “Euro centric” backwards. The Beaker people are known to have invented a pottery for drinking Beer…and dark beer is traced to South America for the yeast. They first arrived to the Western coastline of Spain and spread into Europe..this would indicate the start of the trade city called “Tarshish” most likely from people that lived in the Americas. Perhaps another people arrived to Ohio and bought the Circle and square Geoglyphs that are found in South America and North America. I have not found any of the “circle and square” combined designs in Europe but that was what William Bartram found in Georgia.


    Hello Richard,

    I am a Land Surveyor working on several different projects that require names and would love to have your thoughts on the real history behind these places so we can honor them with real historical names and not just ” Cherokee- white folk hybrid names”.

    It would be best to handle between private email of course to respect my clients privacy.


    This was most interesting-truly your work & research is a blessing for us all! (1) Who was this “Jim” in the last segment (2) are there any oral traditions that would back Father Bruno’s enlightenment (also as written in other ancient religious texts), which caused him to be burned at the stake i.e. the creator god (especially as in Hinduism) is separate and different from the ‘supreme’ god? Therefore, from a Christian- and Gnostic-point of view making the god of the “Old Testament” different from the god of the New Testament-even Christians acknowledge the OT god is vengeful while the NT god is all love and forgiveness. One must ask-did God CHANGE? Is this explained in Creek ‘legend’…???

    • Go back and watch the first two parts. The point that the Miccosukee made was that they were allied with the members of the Creek Confederacy, until the early 1800s, but they had a very different cultural background than the Muskogee Creeks. Their closest relatives were the Itsate speaking (Hitchiti) Creek branches. After the War of 1812, the Miccosukee became closely allied with the Chiaha. Both tribes moved down into Florida at that time.


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