Creek historian Richard Thornton is interviewed about the Maya, Euchee, Apalache and others in the Southeast. Part One of Two.
Host Pete Ferrand interviews Georgia architect and author Richard Thornton about the surprising original diversity of American Indians in the Southern Highlands before they were crassly collapsed into only two federal groups, the Creeks and the Cherokees. When History Channel’s H2 network premiered a new series entitled “America Unearthed,” the opening episode on “American Mayan Secrets” was based on Thornton’s iconoclastic research and out-back rambles around Georgia. It became the network’s highest rated show ever. Thornton also says the story of Indian-White relations could have been – and still might become—much less antagonistic.