by Richard L. Thornton, Architect and City Planner
The Americas Revealed, through the years has documented numerous examples of how under-educated or occult academicians in the United States have repeatedly fudged the Pre-Columbian and Colonial History of Indigenous Americans in the Southeast to extent that even tribal members think that is their actual heritage. Well, we have yet another example how even the modern history of the United States is fudged over time.
Readers may recall that in the Shenandoah Chronicles, I mentioned that the Virginia Bureau of Investigation was abolished and several top officials of the Virginia State Police were fired, as a result of the Georgetown Hearings, plus the confidential report made by Susan, the FBI Special Agent with benefits. The VBI was replaced by the Criminal Investigation Unit within the Virginia State Police. There was a separate Wikipedia article on the “former Virginia Bureau of Investigation” which stated this, without specifically mentioning the Georgetown Hearings or Susan.
That article has recently been deleted from Wikipedia! Now there is only one sentence in the article on the Virginia State Police, which mentions that in late 1992, Gov. Doug Wilder accepted the resignation of the director of the Virginia State Police and he was replaced by XXXX. And the beat goes on . . .
Vivi sent me this photo to use in the Shenandoah Chronicles for the section when I was describing the Georgetown Hearings. She would often sip coffee or wine and read European newspapers in a Georgetown café below where I was involved in depositions. She said it was a professional photograph. I assumed that it was made back in 1992.
NO! A female friend of mine in Ontario said that her pocketbook and some accessories are very recent fashion trends. In fact, this was one of several photos made for advertising Café du Monde coffee and cocoa. That’s a company in New Orleans. This is what Vivi looks like NOW!
Overview of our next People of One Fire series
The research that Boston University’s Marilyn Rae and I did in 2013 made it very clear that what the Chickasaws and Creeks in Oklahoma think their cultural history is . . . is not. We co-wrote two compact books on the subject . . . The Apalache Chronicles, plus Notoroc and the Bohurons. When I finally was able to find the original text of the so-called “Creek Migration Legend” in 2015 and a complete account of the Miccosukee Migration Legend in 2016, I was stunned to realize that the Creeks and Sokee (Miccosukee now) always knew that they came from Southern Mexico.
However, the story is much more complex than that. The Muskogee language is not Asiatic per se, but the result of several ancient European Bronze Age-Iron Age languages mixing with Panoan (Peru), Chickasaw and Itza Maya (southern Mesoamerica).
Actually, it gets weirder than that. There are several key words in Panoan that mean the same in Archaic English and modern Swedish. The Angles originally lived in southern Sweden then migrated to southern Denmark and then to the island of Britain.
I now have enough facts and questions from five years of research in Northeast Georgia to carry the torch forward in form of a series of articles that begin this week. Here are some startling facts:
Chickasaw architecture and town planning: The architectural rendering above is of the “Eastwood Archaeological Site”, immediately west of the Kenimer Mound in the Nacoochee Valley. The mounds and village were excavated by archaeologist Robert Wauchope in 1939.
This village was founded at least as early as 600 AD and is the oldest known example of Chickasaw architectural traditions. It is identical to the ancient Maya villages that Ana the Tour Guide With Benefits and I visited in the jungles of eastern Campeche . . . but only eastern Campeche. You have seen my color slides. Probably, the bulk of the occupants were Muskogean Chickasaws, but their elite were obviously from eastern Campeche. Those Mayas were entirely different than the Itza Mayas, who formed the core of most Creek tribes in Northeast Georgia and western North Carolina.
First Creek Confederacy: According to the “Kaushete (Creek) Migration Legend, the original members of the People of One Fire or Creek Confederacy were the Alibaamu (Alabama), Chickasaw, Kawshite and Apeke . They were vassals of the Apalachete, whose capital was in the Nacoochee Valley and arch-enemies of the Muskogee-speaking tribes. Alibaamu is Chontal Maya and means “Principal Place of the Jaguar People.” Kawshete is Itza Maya and means “Descendants of Eagle People”. Apeke means “Cornstalk” or “Tall” People.
Alekmani: One of the most powerful Proto-Creek tribes in Georgia in the 1500s was the Alekmani. Alek, the Creek word for an herbal healer (now medical doctor) is derived from their name. They dominated the lower Altamaha River and also had numerous towns here in the Alec Mountains near the headwaters of the Chattahoochee and Soque Rivers, where I am writing this article. They grew wealthy by growing medicinal plants such as cinchona (quinine) orchards on the lower Altamaha River and numerous herbs in the Georgia Mountains. Alekmani is a pure Anglisk (Archaic English) word, which means “Medicinal Herbs – noblemen.”
Akwa: There are over 6 ½ pages of words related to water in the Muskogee-Creek dictionary that have as their root word, akwa. However, that is not the word used for water by Muskogee speakers. They typically use ue. There is a basic problem here. Akwa is the Latin word for water . . . typically written aqua.
Ue: In addition to the Muskogee Creek language, this is the archaic Gaelic word for water that was used on the Atlantic Coast of Iberia, France and Ireland. It is now known via genetics that the Gaels came to Ireland from Galicia in NW Spain. Today, the word survives as a root word in Irish and Scottish Gaelic, plus the French word for water, eau. There are many other pre-Indo-European-Gaelic words in Muskogee Creek AND the names of some of the most prominent, Muskogee-speaking tribes in the Creek Confederacy. I am convinced that Muskogee-speaking tribes originated as Gaelic or Galacian immigrants, who settled in the mountains of North Carolina between Asheville, Sapphire Valley and Franklin. Over time, they intermarried with the Chickasaw so much that they looked like a pure AmerIndian people.
Tama: This is the Totonac, Itsate Creek and Eastern Creek word for trade. It is also the Chickasaw word for town and the Shawnee word for corn. Some tribes and villages pronounced it as Thama. Tama and thama were also words used for “trade” in Britain. The Thames River gets its name from a trading center on the Thames, which became London!
Thamacoggan: This was a tribe on the lower Altamaha River, which in the early 1600s, migrated upstream to the headwaters of the Oconee River in what is now Jackson County, GA (NE Metro Atlanta). At that point in time, they joined the Creek Confederacy. It was the original name of Commerce, GA. The word is pure Gaelic and Britannic. It means “Trade-Boat”. Coggan is derived from the Gaelic and Welsh word for a bowl or cup. Coggans were developed by these peoples to trade with Gaul and Iberia over the Atlantic Ocean. However, their flat bottoms also enabled them to sail up rivers.
It is a good thing that I was friends with the original X-files couple, living in Alexandria, VA during the early 1990s. How else could one deal with these mind-blowing facts?
The Truth is out there somewhere!