Many Native American legends often speak of the giants who lived in the Americas before their ancestors arrived but there are also other historical accounts of giants in the Americas. One of those accounts comes from the expedition of the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto who explored around the area of Tallahassee, Florida. De Soto recorded meeting a “giant” Indian chief in this area. He described him as a “man of monstrous proportions.” The Spanish explorer and conquistador Francisco Coronado also recorded and encounter with giants during his expedition into the American Southwest during his search for the elusive “Seven Cities of Cibola.” In fact, Coronado and his men came upon SEVERAL tribes of giants!
Pedro de Casteneda who was with Coronado kept a history of the expedition and he is the one who actually recorded the expeditions encounter with several tribes of giants. In one passage Casteneda wrote of the expeditions encounter with the Seri people. The Seri people are a Native American tribe in the Mexican state of Sonora. These were a semi-nomadic people of hunter-gatherers who lived both inland and along the Gulf of California. The Seri are NOT related to the Yaqui or other native people in the region, strangely. They were renowned for their fierce warriors who put up a good fight against the Spanish who tried to subdue them. They call themselves the “Comcaac.” Castaneda wrote that these people were so large that the largest Spaniard only came up to their chest! “Don Rodrigo Maldonado,” Castaneda wrote, “…..brought back with him an Indian so large and tall that the best man in the army reached only to his chest and it was said that other Indians were even taller on the coast.” Giant Indians were not only found among the Seri but also by other Spanish explorers in Texas, Florida, and the tip of Cape Horn in South America where they were called the “Patagonia Giants.” The Spanish weren’t sure what to make of these people but they had a reputation for being fierce.
Back in the 1800s seven giant skeletons were found in Alaska by James Perkinson who was an American miner. Five of the skeletons were almost complete. One of these measured over 7 feet tall!! Two others were almost 7 feet tall Continue Reading
This post was formerly entitled: “The Pericues: Proof of Homo erectus in Baja”—–
The Pericues also known as the Pericu, Cora, and Edues were the aboriginal inhabitants of the Cape Region which is the southernmost end of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Sine the late 18th century, sadly, they have been culturally and linguistically extinct.
Baja California Native American Tribes
Of special interest here is that these people had very distinctive hyperdolichocephic skulls. That is, they were known for their distinctive long headed skulls. Some researchers believe that the Pericu were either were trans-Pacific migrants or remnants of some of the oldest colonizers of the New World. Their burials feature remains painted with red ochre (Las Palmas burial complex) which sometimes were deposited in caves or under rock shelters. These people used the atlatl and darts along with the bow and arrow up through the 17th century. When the Spanish came to the Americas they enslaved the Pericu until they revolted in 1734. The revolt lasted for two years until the Spanish reasserted authority over them. Many of the Pericu died of diseases brought by the Spanish as well. Continue Reading
Although this is now the 21st century when we like to think that all people in all parts of the world are as “civilized” and as “sophisticated” as we are there remain several tribes of people throughout the world who are NOT and some of those people are rather dangerous. In fact, they will kill you outright…..no questions asked.
A Sentinelese tribesman fires an arrow at a passing helicopter.
One such tribe lives on North Sentinel Island which is in the Andaman Islands of India. They are known as the “Sentinelese” but are considered part of the Andamanese people. These people resist the modern world and are rather outright hostile to it and any intruder. As a result they remain virtually untouched by the modern world and uncontacted by modern researchers. It is believed these people have lived on the island for the past 60,000 years!
The Sentinelese are a hunter-gatherer people who mainly survive on hunting, fishing, and collecting native plants for consumption. They show no evidence of farming. They also seem to have no evidence of fire production! Their language is unclassified and is poorly understood. They are considered to be a “Scheduled Tribe” which is disadvantaged indigenous people in India. This classification is also known as the “Scheduled Caste.” Continue Reading