Why would my family look like Creeks, but remember our ancestors as Cherokees?
A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted on LinkedIn by a lady in Alabama, who promotes herself as being a Cherokee genealogist. Her physical features were entirely Apalache-Creek, typical of Northeast Georgia and Northwestern South Carolina. She has a Muskogean skull, a widow’s peak and a Creek knot on the back of her head. A little questioning revealed that her family was from Elbert County, GA . . . the same homeland as my family. It was always Itsate Creek and Uchee territory. There is a section north of Elberton, still occupied by families, who look “very Creek.”
This Alabama Belle is not the lone ranger. Over and over again, I have run into people in North Georgia, North Alabama or the South Carolina Piedmont, who bragged about being Cherokee, but had no Cherokee-Algonquian features. They either looked like either Creeks or Uchees, or else were obviously of Sephardic Jewish descent.
I couldn’t completely answer the lady’s question two weeks ago, but now can . . . by again drawing line between the dots. That is POOF’s 2017 Thanksgiving Day special . . . A Southeastern Holocaust in the Late 1600s. It finally answers, who the Lower Cherokees, Elate and Northeast Georgia Creeks were.
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