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Women . . . how to avoid being a victim of male predators

Women . . . how to avoid being a victim of male predators


Three is the magic number for keeping you safe and alive!

For a male to intentional harm a female or child is a perversion of nature and certainly was considered to be an abomination to our Native American ancestors.  That humanity exists at all today is due to the willingness of countless generations of men to put the welfare of their community’s women and children even before their own lives.  However, it is a fact of life that has existed, since mankind changed from living in egalitarian Neolithic villages to large towns.  One can not have control over all aspects of your future, but there are some straightforward practices that women can follow to reduce the potential for becoming victims.  That being said . . . one of the most horrific aspects of our 21st century United States is occurring in cities and is mostly due to drug addiction.  Depraved men are coming up to women in shopping center or supermarket parking lots to rob and kill them . . . just to get some . . . basically . . . small change.

People of One Fire readers obviously prefer me to write about ancient history . . . or at least colonial history.  In the previous article, I intentionally gave readers a taste of my past and even, recent, experiences, so you would understand where I was coming from.  Also, you would understand why I know things that one would not expect me to know, if I was just a simple lover of history.  Indeed, most of my professional work throughout my life dealt with design and planning for the future.  However, you cannot competently plan for the future, if you do not understand the past.  In this case, though, the same people involved in the July 2017 court case, described in that article, were at it again, so I had to do something to protect myself.  Indeed, the internet is more powerful than the Glock 9mm.

The full article, which I wrote as a guide for helping keep women and children safe in the woods, is not posted on the People of One Fire.   I have a large international following on LinkedIn, and since this article is not directly related to Native American history, I posted it there.  You may find it on LinkedIN with the same title.  Any of you Native American women, who would like to read the article, but are not on LinkedIn, may contact me at  I will send you a MS Word copy of the article. 


The occurrence of sadomasochistic murders in rural areas of the Southeast is far more frequent than published statistics would let on . . . especially in the mountains and swampy regions.  As will be explained later, most of these murders in the Southeast are politically motivated, but in a perverted sense of politics.   

During the 9 1/2 years that I lived in Pickens County, GA, 24 bodies were found in the Dawson State Forest.  Only one, that of Meredith Emerson, was reported in the media. The only reason that a massive manhunt was established to find her was because she had close friends in Metro Atlanta, who raised hell when she didn’t come home.  The remainder were never reported in the Pickens County Progress newspaper, but were quietly listed as “cause of death unknown” or “probable suicide” by the county coroner.  A professional bicyclist was shot in the head on Hwy.  136  in the Dawson Forest within Pickens County.  His death was not mentioned locally until his wife and friends in Atlanta raised hell and got the Atlanta TV stations to cover the murder.  He was murdered, because some locals thought he was gay.

Southeastern indigenous kids start wandering through the woods and swamps as soon as they can walk.  I was paddling a piroque through a section of the Okefenokee Swamp near my house at age six.  I know several Creek women of all ages, who regularly take walks alone through the woods.  This is a safety issue that all of you should take seriously.



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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.



    Well Richard, I hope that women will take your advice. It’s a sad world we live in today I have a relative on drugs and is causing his parents so much heartache. I just do not understand why they need them.. Some people do not value their own lives. I always put a like on your articles on LinkedIn as you probably notice.

    • I always put like on everything you write about Crete, because I find it extremely interesting . . . a world that I know almost nothing about.


        O.K. Thanks Richard I agree, the Crete/Greece subject is very fascinating and so is your subject The Native Americans and I think your subject goes very much deeper. I would have to study for years and years to understand all those tribes and their customs. I’ve been studying Linear B now for three years and have only just scratched the surface as they say.


    Hey Richard
    Being with other people going into the city is the best defence against muggers. They are looking for victims, but remembereven groups have been held up at gunpoint. I studied martial arts for 16 years achieving a 3rd degree black belt and i still do not want to fight someone. The Grand Master of the system i studied was asked the best self defence technique, his answer was to avoid the situation, or a good 100 yard dash in the other direction. That advice from a Grand Master of
    martial arts is one to follow. I know how you feel about firearms but i donot go into the woods witout a hand gun, knife, and heavy walking stick. All are useful tools and weapons in the woods against 2 and 4 legged things and snakes. I dont want to hurt anyone or anything unless attacked but
    Remember if confronted try to comply if they only want your valuables give them up they are only things but if they truly want to harm you fight tooth and nail, dont be afraid of hurting your attacker, because they want to hurt you.
    Thanks for the great advice Richard!


    Could some of these “murder/suicides” be caused by these “Southeastern indigenous kids” wandering through the woods and swamps? I have been on several North American Indigenous Aborigine Reservations and those good ol’ red boys don’t like outsiders either. Jus’ sayin’. After all, you did write about those “bad Creeks”, right?

    • Nope. Our nature is to only attack when I attacked. We also don’t have the hangups toward women. Creek women have always been equals.


    Howdy, Got to get a little sun…book in hand. Keeping this short J. J. von Tschudi in his Relsen Durch Sudamerica
    1853reek writing.


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