There is something interesting when it comes to the ancient people of Indonesia but first allow me to reference a new study by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Researchers there recently set out to trace the genetic between dogs in Madagascar and those which accompanied ancient settlers and explorers from Indonesia. What they found was NO EVIDENCE! Apparently, dogs on the island today trace back to Africa and not dogs brought by the Indonesians at all. And this result surprised researcher who fully were expecting to connect dogs on the island today to dogs brought by Indonesians.
So what happened to the dogs brought by the Indonesian explorers somewhere around 1500 to 2000 years ago? Researchers say “it’s a mystery” because they don’t know.
People from Indonesia conducted seafaring expeditions to Madagascar around 2 kya and they typically included pigs, chickens, and dogs. Further, in other places where they settled we find DNA from their dogs in modern dogs but not on this island. For example, the Indonesian dog DNA can still be found in modern dogs found in Hawaii, SE Asia, Cook Islands, and New Zealand along with other places.
Now researchers didn’t find in canine DNA connecting to Indonesian dogs on Madagascar BUT we have found that the PEOPLE there have both maternal and paternal lineages with Indonesian origins! What this tells us is that there was a large number of Indonesians who colonized Madagascar. Of course, dogs MIGHT have been used NOT as pets but as FOOD!! Eating dogs as food is far more common that we might think and…..frankly…..they’re rather tasty 🙂
So here’s the interesting part………………………
It is roughly 7.5 thousand kilometers (4.7 thousand miles) between Indonesia and Madagascar. And it is roughly 10,000 km (6.2 miles) between Indonesia and Hawaii and we know Indonesians made it to Hawaii. From Hawaii to Mexico is only 5.4 thousand km (3.3 thousand miles). So it is no stretch of the imagination to think that the Indonesians also explored parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America and perhaps even established colonies there as they did elsewhere. And it is no stretch of the imagination to think that they may have also established colonies in the US and elsewhere! And this is why we find skeletal remains and artistic artifacts of people who resemble Indonesians because THEY WERE INDONESIANS!! For example the Olmec. The Olmec appear Indonesian to me not African and not Mayan or Aztec or even Inca.
Ancient Indonesian people were great explorers and settlers and they often went long distances in their voyages. I find it not surprising if they did indeed make it to the Americas which I think they did.