Video – Never contacted tribe on Peru-Brazil border lives in massive one building villages like Calusa and Natives on South Atlantic Coast
In this 2015 BBC documentary, you will travel along with a British expedition to make first contact with an Amazonian tribe that have never met a European . . . at least close up. They are extremely tall like the Calusas of SW Florida and certain tribes near present day Midway, GA and near Edisto Island, SC. However, there is more.
In 1521, Francisco Gordillo and a slave raider, Pedro de Quejo visited the region from the Santee River of South Carolina southward to at least the Midway River in Georgia. In one or more provinces, they observed single building villages consisting of massive pup-tent shaped structures that could hold hundreds of people. The two Spaniards observed such a structure being erected by the Iviadafi People. The people in most of the coastal provinces lived in single family homes.
As you can see above in the photo taken by a helicopter, this tribe also lives in such structures. The language spoke around the Medway River was Tupi-Guarani . . . which also happens to be a major language family of the Upper Amazon Basin.
A few years later in the 16th century, shipwrecked Spaniards (at least those who were not sacrificed and eaten) stated that the Calusa commoners in SW Florida lived in identical communal structures. The elite lived on top of mounds or raised earthen platforms in single family houses.
Hope that you enjoy this fascinating TV program. There are more TV documentaries on the tribes of the Amazon listed by YouTube on the right after you finish this one . . . if you are interested.
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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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