Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
Videos of the Stomp Dance in Central America, Colombia and Peru
Various forms of the Stomp Dance are traditional to the indigenous peoples of Chiapas Highlands southward to eastern Peru. As far as I have been able to determine, the Itza Mayas were the most northerly people, who danced it. That means that for the dance to be endemic among ancestors of the Creeks and Seminoles in the Lower Southeastern United States, it had to arrive via “Close Encounters of a Third Kind ” . . . i.e. water transportation.
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In many of the cultures, women are the dance leaders. In most cultures, both the men and women wear rattles on their ankles. There is really no need for me to write anything else. The videos speak for themselves. Be amazed.
Oh . . . I forgot to mention something. One of the groups performing in a video are from the province of Chiriqui or Cherique (pronounced Cherikee) in Panama. Is there a connection?
Muskogean percussion bands would have sounded very similar to this group.
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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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