Restored military quarters at Ft. Apache
We were unable to explore the tunnels under Casa Malpais and one person even informed us that there are no tunnels and the whole thing is a “myth.” So I guess the archaeologists who found and explored the catacombs lied? I don’t think they did frankly but I think that the person that told us it was all a myth wanted to keep us out of there for whatever reason. So we went on to explore some other things in the area.
One thing we explored was an old wagon road that ran from Holbrook, Arizona to Ft. Apache in the White Mountains. This road was used to haul freight and passengers from Holbrook to the Fort and it was also used by the US Cavalry. The road runs from Holbrook to Shumway then up through the east side of Show Low and on to Ft Apache. In some places you can see ruts in the rocks from the wagon wheels and in other places the road has been turned into a modern dirt road. Many people who have explored the route have found artifacts from the US Cavalry soldiers such as uniform buttons, a few medals/insignia, etc. Continue Reading
“The code, published here on 3 March , asks researchers to treat the San respectfully and refrain from publishing information that could be viewed as insulting. Because such sensitivities may not be clear to researchers, the code asks that scientists let communities read and comment on findings before they are published. It also asks that researchers keep their promises and give something back to the community in return for its cooperation.”
The above statement comes from a draft on a Code of Ethics regarding study of the San People but it reflects many of the same sentiments from other indigenous people from all over the world. The preamble to that proposed code states:
“We have encountered lack of respect in many instances in the past. In Genomics research, our leaders were avoided, and respect was not shown to them. Researchers took photographs of individuals in their homes, of breastfeeding mothers, or of underage children, whilst ignoring our social customs and norms. Bribes or other advantages were offered.”
This has been an ongoing problem for native people for decades now. Sadly, many researchers have shown a gross lack of respect for native people in their study of them. They’ve often times treated native people not as people at all but as genie pigs! They have come to conclusions in their studies that directly OPPOSE native conclusions and, sometimes, these research conclusions are absolutely OFFENSIVE WITHOUT QUESTION! Continue Reading
H/T to JR Bentley for bringing this to my attention on his blog at:
The media is claiming this find is a “mysterious village” discovered in Canada that is over 10,000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. Mystery? Really? Not to some of us who have long advocated man crossing into the New World via the sea IN BOATS. Yes! I said BOATS!!
A team of researchers from the Hakai Institute at the University of Victoria and local Native Americans have discovered a 14 kya village with artifacts dating back to the last Ice Age. The site is now believed to be one of the oldest human settlements ever found in North America. Ironically, this discovery also proves the oral traditions of the Heltsuk Nation that for generations have told stories of an ancient coastal village. I think it’s fantastic that research has once AGAIN proven Native American oral history! 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
Maka woman in Pacific Northwest from 1900
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. Continue Reading
Maka woman in Pacific Northwest from 1900
In a recent post to his webpage Linguist Robert Lindsay makes two important observations (among others). In the final paragraph he notes how the Mozabite people in Algeria are Caucasoid but they are “some of the weirdest-looking Caucasoids I have ever seen. They don’t really look like any other race of humans..” He notes some look like people from India. He also notes that in papers about the genesis of the Caucasian race North Africa, the Middle East, and India are mentioned (frequently) as hubs for the development of this race 30-40 kya. He further notes that the Mozabite people are mentioned over and over when remains of ancient genetic groups are discussed along with the Uighur “for some odd reason.” I think this is because some researchers consider the Mozabites and Uighur to be some of the most ancient people on the planet.
This is subject matter for a future post I think but for now I want to focus on something else Lindsay said in this post. He notes, “There are also links between Orcadians (Scottish Islanders) and Siberians.” This is true and has been acknowledged by some researchers. Then Lindsay goes on to say this:
“Skulls from Europe from 21,000 YBP (years before present) look more like Amerindians than anything else. The closest match-up between those ancient European skulls is the Makah Amerindian tribe from Europe.”
Now the Makah are actually a Native American tribe currently dwelling in Washington State in the Pacific Northwest of the US. They are a federally recognized tribe. These people have hunted whales and seals for generations. So I’m not sure what Lindsay means by saying the Makah “tribe from Europe” because most anthropologist believe these people came via the Beringia Landbridge into North America and never were in Europe. However, skulls of SOME Europe from around 21 kya DO in fact resemble Amerindian skulls!
In 2007 there was a find and DNA analysis that undercut recent theories about Paleoamericans (the first people in the New World) having originally come from SE Asia or even Europe. That find was the “Cave Maiden.” These remains were of a teenage girl found in a Mexican cave who lived about 12 kya. The cave is the Outland Cave in the Yucatan. Her bones are believed to be one of the oldest and most complete skeletons ever found in the Americas. DNA analysis showed her ancestry was from a now vanished land between Siberia and Alaska. Continue Reading