A few days ago I had the privilege of interviewing a Native American elder. Below is a transcript of part of that interview. I present it here without comment:
“This is my people’s story of long ago. We call it the Crying Times. The ancestors say that long ago every day was the same. All the people went about their business doing the same things every day. Yesterday was like today and today was like tomorrow. One day the elders and the holy people began to realize that something was happening with the Earth Mother that they didn’t understand. They began to notice that the Spring, the Summer, and the Fall began to grow shorter and the Winter came earlier and earlier. The elders also noticed that the growing seasons were becoming shorter and that the animals were growing their winter fur earlier. They knew something was changing and they began to speak of how tomorrow might not be like today but only a few of the people listened because they had been doing the same things everyday for a very long time. Continue Reading
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