Guess in which state this “living” Muskogee-Creek village is located

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.


    1. You are very, very warm . . . but which state? It tells us where the Muskogee Creeks originated. This village is identical to villages sketched by William Bartram in Georgia in 1776.


      1. Oh, then it must be in the Yucatan or along the northern or eastern coast of Mexico along the land migration route toward modern-day Texas.


  1. To Wrdweaver – Nope, but that is the region where the Kauchete Creeks and Soque came from. I was surprised about this location for the “Creek villages.” Let’s say that they are north of there.


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