by Richard L. Thornton, Architect & City Planner
Did you know that there are still Native Americans living in villages, virtually identical to those their ancestors lived in 300 years ago? The key architectural features that define Muskogee-Creek towns and villages were (1) a rectangular central plaza, surrounded by rectangular houses, (2) a round chokopa or communal building, (3) a long, narrow building beside the chokopa, which was called “The House of Warriors” and (4) open kitchen sheds & small barns near the houses. Upper Creek and Apalache-Creek towns had oval plazas, while Itsate Creek towns had asymmetrical town plans with multiple plazas . . . just like those of the Itza Mayas. The winner gets a free guided tour of the ruins of the hilltop Sun Temple, where Eleanor Dare lived her last 10 years. Below are two more views.