Saturday, January 12, 2008

On the European Origins of Eastern Woodland American Indians

I have always been mildly fascinated with the culture of American Indians, first by those of the Western Plains because that is what Hollywood gave us (read “Noble Redskins”), but then as I got more into the subject I began looking at the Eastern Indians. Being from Kentucky, yclept “The Dark and Bloody Ground”, or “The Happy Hunting Ground”, (your choice), I sorta’ got interested.

The more I learned the more interested I became, because of factoids I found about them like:
  1. When Daniel Boone came into Kentucky for the first time in the early 1780s, he visited an Indian town at a place in East-Central Kentucky now known as “Indian Old Fields”. Boone noted that it had over 2,000 inhabitants that were what we now as the Adena Culture of central Kentucky Amerinds;
  2. When he came back to Kentucky on his second trip of exploration some twenty years later, he found that the town was deserted and the long houses were abandoned and falling apart, if they had not been burned.

I then learned that the distruction Dan Boone saw at Indian Old Fields was the result of an agreement between the Mohawks of Western New York and the Cherokees of North Georgia, to “ethnically cleanse” the indigenous Adena culture in Kentucky and so allow the land to be a joint hunting preserve for their two tribes. They then sent war parties to Kentucky in the interval between Boone’s first and second trips that were very effective in carrying out their mission of offing the Adena…

I was not interested in the origins of Amerinds when I was younger, since I believed the standard dictat of the Established Experts of a Mongolian origin for them. Then I found some years later about the real origins of the Eastern Woodland Indians, postulated by Dennis Stafford who has been studying the evidence for a number of years. Dr. Stafford is with the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian in Washington. He told me in a personal communication in 2001 that the prehistoric Indian populations on the East Coast have “a mitrochondrial DNA haplogroup known as X… which has not been found in Asia, but occurs in Western Europe, and has been found in some Algonkian speakers,” to paraphrase his words.

This finding seems to substantiate, or at least support the proposal of Farley Mowait’s book, “The Farfarrers” in which he postulates a settlement in Newfoundland by post-Cro-Magnons via a mechanism of following the retreating edge of the Wrum glacier across the northern edge of the North Atlantic some 5,000 years ago.

Based on this information, perhaps I may be allowed to suggest that Pocahontas felt puppy love for John Smith because he was her long-lost cousin, as well as the power dude of the new-coming English...
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