Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
Wikipedia ~ Native American History Altered
Someone has gone through the Wikipedia articles for counties in northern Alabama, Georgia & Tennessee and deleted most references to the Apalachee, Apalachicola, Yamasee, Chickasaw, Creek, Shawnee and Yuchi Indians, plus non-Cherokee archaeological sites such as Etowah Mounds, Fort Mountain, Rock Eagle and Kusa. They are changing articles on early European explorers such as de Soto and Pardo to only mention contacts with Cherokees Indians, when in fact there is no mention of the Cherokees in these 16th century chronicles.
An article related to the Trail of Tears now says that the Cherokees once occupied all of Georgia down to the Atlantic Coast and that the Choctaws, Chickasaws and Creeks were late arrivals to the Southeast, who mainly lived in Alabama and Mississippi.
These county and Early American histories have been the same for years. I don’t know who wrote them originally, but they were adequate to at least let readers know a little about the region’s pre-European past. The wordings of the changes exactly match the myths created by the late archaeologist, Roy Dickens, who believed that Cherokees were the original humans in North America, built most of the mounds in the Southeast, and that the Muskogeans did not arrive in the Southeast until the 1700s. Dickens has quite a following among New Age Cults.
For example, the Wikipedia page for Bartow County, GA originally had a long section on Etowah Mounds and Hernando de Soto. I presume it was written by their Chamber of Commerce, because Etowah Mounds is a major tourist attraction for them. That section of the web page is completely gone.
I inserted brief mentions of Fort Mountain and of de Soto’s visit to Kusa back into the Murray County, GA web page yesterday. I didn’t have time to write the long article that someone originally put into that text. The original appeared to have been a copy of an essay written by archaeologist John E. Worth, when he lived in NW Georgia. Being from Worth, you know it was accurate. My brief insertion was deleted by the evening.
Some of you are going to have to take this bull by the horns and go after these clandestine changes to history. Because of “America Unearthed,” my credibility has risen 1000% elsewhere (literally) in the world . . . if you only knew was going on now. However, inside Georgia, about the only information people have seen are such comments as the Oklahoma Muscogee-Creek THPO calling me a quack in a major Georgia newspaper, the Gainesville, GA USFS employees calling me “crazy” on the Atlanta TV evening news, or the childish remarks from some Georgia archaeologists. Since then, there has pretty much been a news-blackout inside the state on the revelations of the History Channel Program.
Any of you wishing to be part of “Media Education” Committee (or something like that) to fix the Wikipedia changes, please send me an email. Also, we need a volunteer to be a Temporary POOF Secretary, to put together an updated membership roll, so we can have elections.
My good friend, Lillie Lerner, was a survivor of Auchwitz. She wrote the book, The Silence. The last time I saw Lillie, before she died of cancer, she told me this, “Richard, don’t be a sheep. A sheep hides its head in a corner, thinking the wolf will go away. The wolf eats all the sheep.” She then told me to be a goat, because goats form protective circles around their young and then butt the wolves with their horns. Some goats my get wounded by a wolf attack, but the herd survives.
Y’all go get’ em
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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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