By Aboriginal Excellence, Nov 4 2015 02:06PM
According to their own cosmology they were!
Among the indigenous tribes of the southeastern United States, living within a territory roughly defined by the borders of Georgia and South Carolina, was one, exhibiting a type of culture common to the inhabitants of the country bordering on the Gulf of Mexico east of the Mississippi river, whose members called themselves Tsoyahd, "Offspring of the Sun," otherwise known as the Yuchi.
The Yuchi, in accordance with their belief that they were the original occupants of eastern Georgia and South Carolina, have no migration legend. Their only myth of this class tells how a part of the tribe broke away from the main stock as the result of a dispute at a dance and departed westward, never to be heard of again.The following translation from the beginning of a myth, describing the way in which the tribes were distributed over the earth, shows the Yuchi concept regarding the origin of their neighbors : "Now the people had come upon the earth. The Shawnee came from above. The Creeks came from the ground. The Choctaw came from the water. The Yuchi came from the sun." In the cosmology of the Yuchi Indians of Tennessee, the Sun and the Moon were of the highest rank. Some people were consider to be above everyday Yuchi people because they were decended from the Sun himself. In his Ethnology of the Yuchi Indians, Frank Gouldsmith Speck notes:
"It should be mentioned here that at certain times since the origin there have been born individuals with a very dark shade of skin. These black- skinned Yuchi, as they are termed, are looked upon as being more closely related to Sun than the rest of the people. They are said to be his direct offspring, their mothers having become pregnant by Sun. As no particular rank is given them, however, their position is a sort of empty aristocracy. Several black- skinned Yuchi are said to be living today, but I have not been fortunate enough to see them."