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YouTube . . . A Photographic Tour of the Appalachians

YouTube . . . A Photographic Tour of the Appalachians


PART ONE of the series:  The Concealed History of the Appalachian Mountains

Those responsible for the demonic effort to evict me from my home, with three days warning, on Christmas Eve, assumed that I would probably commit suicide or get in serious trouble with the law. At the very least I would be crushed into being a broken man.  Since they worshiped money and symbols of power, they could not imagine a life without them. It didn’t happen.  I was dropped into a winter wonderland and in the process of surviving in the wild, both my self-confidence and my intelligence grew.  The latter change, I don’t understand, but it happened.  I came down out of the high mountains, a roaring lion, determined that the truth about Native American heritage be told.

The US Forest Service adopted a policy in 2009 that all campers can only stay at one site for two weeks and must move at least 10 miles away to the new site.  This was to prevent the many millions of homeless Americans at that time from thinking of the peoples’ forests as being their land.   Thus, over a two year period, I hopped across the mountainous regions of North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.  During much of that time, I was being subsidized by former National Park Service Director Roger Kennedy to do field research and drawings for him.  So you are going to see scenes from remote mountaintop locations that you never dreamed existed in the Southeastern United States. 

Once Roger started helping me, I was never hungry . . . just homeless.  I made a point of staying clean and “clean cut,” since I didn’t want anybody to assume that I was some vagrant bum.  However, I will confess . . . those winter nights in the Smokies were very, very cold.  Also, when I finally got under shelter again, I DID have some traits of our ancient ancestors.  I had many night time fights with attacking neo-Nazi white trash, so when back in civilization, they sassed me or tried yet again to kill my dogs or wreck my car, it took a lot of self-control not to rip their sleezy arms off.   I was so accustomed to drinking water out of mountain streams with my hands . . . for about two weeks after I had access to plumbing, I would instinctively cup my hands under the spigot to quench my thirst, rather than grab a glass.  LOL  You will enjoy this video and the harp music that accompanies it.

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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.



    Richard, I remember so very well our ongoing correspondence during the months before and during the time when you were evicted from your home. I remember too, the accounts you sent, when you were able to get to a library, about the goings-on in the national forest campgrounds. Even though all of this was (and still is) far beyond my comprehension, I have admired and respected you for your perseverance and determination. I hope and pray that your risk-taking, outspoken challenges to self-serving old know-it-all academics will open the way for our institutions of higher learning to once again become places where students of all disciplines are encouraged to ask hard questions, to debate, to challenge, and to become more and greater than their teachers. Nothing truly innovative ever comes easy. Bravo.

    • Well, thank you sister . . . you have always been a true friend . . . to me and a lot other people.


    Very nicely done Richard. Keep up the good work.

    • Thank you sir. My videos will get better as I continue to sharpen my skills with this new software.


    Yes Mr. Richard, I agree with Edna and David. I truly have the highest regards for you and the continuing saga of your life trials you have endoured over the years while you search down hidden paths that lead you and the others that collectively assist to learn the truths out there. Ahhhh….Looks Just like my home sweet home in the mountains of upper East Tn. My adopted mother’s people went further south toward the end of the 1700’s and by very early 1800’s were near McMinn Co.,Tn., Towns and Union Counties, Ga., and Polk Co., Tn. Near Ducktown where copper was mined. The trail leds down a path with many different twists and turns but you are a well seasoned traveler.


    Richard, I agree whole heartedly with the precious two comments. I think a documentary should be made of you and the superb work you have undertaken to tell the world the truth. I can see that you have considerable support. You deserve a medal. I wish you continual support in all you are doing.

    • Instead of a medal could I get a Latin American home caretaker, who can rub my shoulders and get rid of these wild rats coming out of the forest? LOL


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