Skip to comments.Sorry, China, But Native Americans Probably Aren't Hunanese
Posted on 06/24/2013 1:39:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
China's Global Times - that reliable purveyor of the sublimely ridiculous, the terrifyingly nationalistic, and the just generally offensive -- struck again on Wednesday, with a quick nine-paragrapher that may just manage to combine all three offerings in one: "American Indians descend from Hunan, says expert."
The tabloid reports on the findings of Du Gangjian, dean of Hunan University Law School, who, on a recent trip to study Native American tribes in the United States (the article doesn't specify which ones), made the discovery that "American Indians have many rituals, habits and working tools that are very similar to the ones that exist among Hunan people."
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I guess it’s time for a new movement...return America to the Chinese!
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If true, he asked, why wouldn't archeologists find evidence of older and more developed civilizations in Alaska, British Columbia and the Northwest and newer, more rudimentary civilizations as the migration route turned south? Instead, we find exactly the opposite.
I could never answer his question though I tend to think the Bering Straight might account for some of the migration, just not all of it.
What a crock! Everybody knows American Indians are Russian in origin, and the Russians discovered America, and Russians invented the boat and the automobile and indoor plumbing and anti-biotics, and Russians invented...
One explanation that occurs to me is that the crossers did not stop in Alaska, because of the inhospitable climate. People who lived there were naturally living at a subsistence level.
The South Pacific islander route and theory is well known as a colonization theory for South and Central America.
As for North American aboriginals, it's not a stretch to say they were probably descended from Bering Strait crossers.
All will come out in the wash with deeper understanding of both Y and mT DNA haplotypes.
Where did he think his people came from?
Alaska, yes. But you have some pretty mild climates in the Pacific Northwest and all the way down the California coast. The Chumash tribe, centered around present day Santa Barbara, never put up anything even close to the Inca, Maya, Aztec, Toltec and a score of others further south.
A friend who is Hopi/Paiute and a tribal elder says they came west from Florida not south from the Bering Strait.
Before that, they were probably in the James River area of Virginia and driven north and west by more aggressive tribes. Remarkably similar to early European settler migration patterns.
But that would imply that people built the most elaborate culture at the first place they stopped. I am saying it is more geopolitical. That region of Central America seemed optimal to them and allowed them to build a more elaborate civilization. Why was their no Greece or Rome in Scandinavia?
This is all malarkey. American Indians are known to actually be the descendants of the original refugees from Mars shortly before that planet became uninhabitable!
The Atlantic Ocean via Continental Ice, pre clovis[Think Picard].
S. America has findings going back 30K bce, S. Carolina at the Topper site some 50k, bce.
As of now, then only 'things' from China[India, Nepal as well]that I know are the Red Panda, only occurring[found remains] in Washington and Tennessee.
“...that reliable purveyor of the sublimely ridiculous, the terrifyingly nationalistic, and the just generally offensive — struck again on Wednesday, with a quick nine-paragrapher that may just manage to combine all three offerings in one:...”
Great bit of writing in that line.
Cause they wouldn’t have lasted too long had they lingered in the Alaska? Cause those who stayed became the Eskimos/Inuit/etc., who don’t have a big cultural footprint to this day?
What would the alternate theory be?
If the tools are similar, the Hunan people need to move into the 21st century...
And where did he think those Floridians came from?
“I guess its time for a new movement...return America to the Chinese!”
That’ll really P-O the Mexicans!
Now we do. Thirteen thousand years ago the ice sheets extended all the way down to the present location of Seattle, and there was a mighty river that flowed from the ice sheet in that location, down to present-day Aberdeen, on Grays Harbor bay.
The Pacific coastline thirteen thousand years ago extended out 26 miles from the present day coastline, and there was land between present-day Alaska and Siberia. Migrants would have followed the coastal plain down to the Columbia River which gave access to the eastern plains of present day Washington and Oregon, but that was risky as flooding occurred regularly. See; Catastrophes on The Columbia, which explains why the mammoths, woolly rhinoceros and horses disappeared from the area. Over a period of five thousand years there were periodical floods resulting from the ancient Lake Missoula emptying.
Case in point would be the Comanche, a branch of the Shoshone tribe which originated in the Wind River area of central Wyoming. Their mastery of horsemanship was a game changer which allowed them to conquer most of what is now Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. While this did not keep them from ranging outside their normal homeland including northern Mexico, eastern Texas, Arizona, Utah, the Nebraska panhandle and even their ancestral homelands in Wyoming, it did encourage them to center their civilization in that area which they felt most suitable, namely the Texas panhandle.
By any measure, there are thousands of square miles of hospitable climate from the Pacific Northwest all the way down to the northern frontiers of Aztec civilization, none of which produced the advanced levels of settlement as the tribes named in the previous post.
As to your question 'why was their no Greece or Rome in Scandinavia?', the simple answer is the ancestral Vikings never produced a level of civilization even close to comparable until they came in contact with more advanced civilizations.
It is an argument you really can't make if you subscribe to the Bering Straight migration theory (exclusively or even mainly) as everyone is following basically the same route and, thus, contact would be inevitable.
The author of “The Zuni Enigma” thinks there might be a connection with Japan, not Hunan.
First I have heard about the Florida route, though I would not utterly discount it. What a lot of people fail to realize is that oceanic navigation skills will be quickly lost after a couple of generations on non-use by migrating civilizations.
Also an interesting theory and not without merit. There are a lot of similarities between ancient Japanese pictographs and those of American tribes like the Zuni and even the Sioux.
I'm looking for a downside here. Looking...
Ultimately the land in the far north can't support huge populations of people, that's why you find the initial civilizations nearer the equator, in very fertile lands.
So people came through the Bering Straits, and some kept on trucking to more amenable climes were their populations boomed.
One way to test it would be to see how much MSG is used in Native American cooking.
Anyone who thinks a 40 mile sea lane is a barrier is one who is completely ignorant of boats, sailing and sailors.
It probably was quite busy during the summer months. Sheesh.
Remember the Kennewick Man controversy. Although scientists said the remains were not related to any present-day Indians of the area, the local tribes claimed that they had aleays lived there and had never immigrated from anywhere else, so those 9000(?)-year-old bones had to be of one of their ancestors...and the Clinton administration supported their claim
That’s very interesting. It seems there is evidence (and always has been) for a multi-factorial answer to the question of American Indian origins. And your experience conforms to my reading, that it’s not the American Indians who reject this - it’s their vocal, mostly white, ‘advocates’, who insist on the single origin Bering Strait story.
I don’t know. We were talking about something else and he just mentioned that. I didn’t ask him for an explanation.
You guys have me interested now, I’ll have to ask him for more information on tribal lore next time I see him or his son.
Another hag ranting fallacies about racial vanities and jealousies seen from all sides. If a resemblance is obvious, deal with it. ;-)
Ah, another thing...original Indian wrestling, “pushing hands,” same thing. Duh. ;-)
DNA Ping Chinese Mormons
The Chinese are becoming MORMON!
At that time; who WASN'T!!
Turtles; all the way down.
They were going where no man had gone before!
Like a moth to a flame...
ELSIE rides to the rescue.
I love the smell of a mixed metaphor in the morning!
Able to leap tall assumptions in a single bound...
Ha. But of course—where else do Floridians come from!?!
Don’t you have an irrigation ditch to divert this morning?
As long as they’re not coming out of your tap.