. . . but also the beards and mustaches of the Olmec Civilization’s nobility. Until the mid-1800s, most adult male Creeks also wore mustaches, but also the turbans, worn by indigenous peoples in eastern Peru. In earlier times, only veterans of warfare could wear mustaches. Have you ever seen a portrayal of a “mound builder” in a museum, wearing a mustache and turban?
Part 39 of the Americas Connected series
by Richard L. Thornton, Architect and City Planner
Most anthropologists never really looked at their art
During the next few weeks, you will see numerous examples of how the indigenous peoples created an advanced civilization in the Southeastern United States, with cultural roots from very early mound builders in the Southeast, plus civilizations in Mesoamerica and Peru. There were mounds and pottery in Georgia about 2,000 years before they occurred in southern Mexico.
I am as to blame as anyone. I did not seriously study the art of my ancestors, until paid to do so by the Muscogee-Creek Nation during 2003 through 2008. I did not start studying the much older petroglyphs of northern Georgia until 2017, when I was stunned to see Swedish Bronze Age ships and symbols on the Tugaloo Stone, on exhibit at Travelers Rest State Historic Site in Toccoa, GA.