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- An interview with William
McKinley Osceola, Co-Chairman of the
sovereign Miccosukee Seminole Nation
- Chief Osceola was asked, "I read
in Buffalo Tiger's book, A Life in
the Everglades that according to
Buffalo Tiger, former legal
spokesman of the Everglades
Miccosukee Tribe of Seminole
March 24, 1961) the Miccosukees
speak a language called Eeloponkee.
Can you tell me what eeloponkee
means?" And he responded, "Eeloponkee
means, the language that 'we'
speak." I then asked him,
"Does the word Ilopango have a
meaning in the Eeloponkee language?"
And Chief Osceola responded, "Yes,
ilopango means, the language that
- Ambassador of the Miccosukee
Seminole Nation, 2002 interview.
In the oral history of the Maya
Lenca, during the great eruption of
Ilopango, the Miccosukee Lords were
Ilopango is a caldera that
formed in 260 A.D. Ash from this
explosive eruption covered much of
central El Salvador. Lake Ilopango
fills part of the caldera. Islas
Quemadas, a volcanic dome, formed
within the caldera in 1879-1880.
Periods of dome extrusion coincided
with tidal forces. Earthquake swarms
preceded each extrusion.
The violent eruption at Ilopango
destroyed the land for a 60 mile
(100 km) radius around the volcano.
Thousands of people died.
Excavations, like the one in this
photo, are providing new insights
into Mayan culture. The eruption
ended the presence of Mayan society
in the highlands. Large numbers of
refugees fled to lowland areas in
Guatemala and Belize.
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