Verdiacee Hampton Goston, a.k.a. Verdiacee Turner, a.k.a. Empress Verdiacee Tiari Washitaw Turner Goston El-Bey, is the head of the Washitaw Nation, or Washitaw de Dutgdahmoundyah, a group of black people who claim to be a sovereign Native American nation within the boundaries of the United States. She was mayor of Richwood, Louisiana in 1975-76 and 1980-84. She is the author of the book Return of the Ancient Ones.
“We been here,” declared the Empress, explaining that the original Native Americans were mostly of a dark complexion. She said the light-skin Indians of Hollywood fame were minority tribes in the Northwest that were mixed with the blood of Chinese invaders. “They made up less than a third of the total population of Indians on this land. White folks don’t owe Black people in America 40 acres and a mule. They need to get up off our land or start paying us some rent and taxes,” she said.
Doesn’t sound crazy to you? Well here is more: “I was born in my placenta,” Her Highness explains. “I kicked out of it on my own, and then [the placenta] rolled up on my head like a crown.”
The empress explains the derivation of their name like this: “Ware-shittinwood or water-shitta-washita – now Washitaw.” [Had to try hard not to fall off my chair from laughing over that one.]
Actually, there were some Washitaw here even before the Africans arrived, the empress says, dating to when all the continents of the world were one. Their lands – the lands of all the earth – were known by the indigenous term “Mu.”
“Are you aware that you are from Mu?” the empress writes in the January 1999 Washitaw Post. “Are you aware that your beginning was with Queen Mu? She was actually Empress Moo.”
Confused? “Muu is the name taught to all nations by the Creator,” Goston explains in We are the Washitaw. “All over the planet, the cattle teach the same name, Muu. … We are in a land called Muu, thus we are the Muurs. … We are the Ancient Ones.”