EVIDENCE THAT PACIFIC COAST NATIVE AMERICANS SAILED TO HAWAII AND ASIA?
I ran across this post yesterday and wanted to note it here as it discusses Native American cultures and canoes. The people living in the coastal regions were oriented towards the sea and rivers and they developed their canoes with a great degree of sophistication and artistry. Their canoes were large, elegant, and seagoing.
When the first Europeans came into their native lands they were amazed at the carrying capacity and construction of these Native American canoes which were used for fishing, whaling, and trade. That tells me that these people had a long tradition of sailing before the first Europeans arrived. The Haida people even have oral traditions that tell of sea voyages to Hawaii and, honestly, that’s pretty significant because that tells me that these people could sail half-way across the Pacific with no problem. So why not all the way across the Pacific with no problem?
Canoes were the primary source of transportation for these coastal Native American people since the dawn of time. They went on long trading voyages and distance was measured in how far a canoe could travel in a day.
Many of these canoes used a single sail and other used paddles. They used bladders in rough waters to keep the canoe upright during voyages. In a moderate sized canoe people could travel about 40 miles per day.
Many of the oral traditions of these Pacific Coastal Native Americans speak of using sails and bladders on the open seas. They also speak of trading with what we call Hawaii today and there are items found that indicate they traded with Asia as well. So if these people were sailing the sea and trading with Hawaii and Asia then that means they not only had sophisticated maritime skills but they also knew exactly how to get to these places in their canoes. Honestly, it’s not hard to theorize that at some point in the remote past the ancestors of these people left Asia and came to the Pacific Coast of the Americas in their sailing canoes. That means they came across the water not the land bridge to the north in Alaska.
Non-native scholars have insisted that Europeans introduced the sail to Native Americans but the evidence says NOT TRUE. These coastal people were using sails long before the first Europeans ever arrived. And there is evidence they were conducting trade with Hawaii and Asia.
Some of the Tingit canoes were 35-65 feet long and 6-8 ft wide. They could carry 50-60 people. Some had a 5 ton capacity too.
These people didn’t develop their sailing technology overnight. Their oral traditions go way back and speak of sailing the seas and waterways. Honestly, in my mind what these oral traditions are telling us is that these people were maritime people capable of sailing great distances on the ocean with no to little problem. So why would their ancestors WALK across a land bridge when they could have more easily used their canoes to come to the Americas?
For more information on this and some great pics of these Native American canoes go to: