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. Continue Reading