Native Americans maintain their history via oral tradition. Sometimes they use stories. Sometimes it is contained in songs or chants. And sometimes it is passed on from one generation to the next via instruction. Such is the case with Native Americans in Alaska as well For generations they have maintained that their people have lived in southeastern Alaska for a long time and now, in one of those rare moments, science has confirmed that oral tradition of these people!!
A study conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign evolving DNA analysis of ancient skeletal remains and comparing them with DNA taken from modern Native Americans has now shown that the people of SE Alaska are exactly right in their assertion that their people have lived in that area for a long, long time! But they are not alone in their assertion as the Native American people living on the west coast of British Columbia make the same assertion and this study has also confirmed their own oral tradition as well.
DNA analysis conducted by this study shows that indeed the Native Americans in SE Alaska and along the western coast of BC are indeed the direct descendants of the first humans to make their homes in those areas more than 10 kya.
I think this is fantastic! And I think science needs to do more of this kind of research to confirm the oral traditions of Native Americans! There are those tribes that not only say they’ve lived in certain areas for a long time but there are also tribes who claim that their ancient ancestors did NOT come from anywhere! They say their ancient ones did not cross any landbridge but that their people have always been in the area and I hope science will be used to confirm these oral traditions too!! And if they prove true then those studies will CHANGE EVERYTHING just about!!
So many times we ignore the oral traditions of native people especially when their oral traditions conflict with our accepted theories of the day. We tend to ignore them, pass them off as “superstition”, or downplay them and we should be doing NONE of these things IMO. It’s important that we use the latest technology and techniques to confirm the oral traditions of Native Americans pertaining to how they got here or whether they have always been here.
You can read the details of the study below. In short, we now have genetic PROOF of continuity in these areas studied!! And that proof dates back in a consistent line to 10.3 kya.