Mistakes, Lies & Misconceptions
about American Indian people
The B.S. (Bering Strait) Myth
Bering Strait Myth is not so much science as it is politics.
Much objective modern science in the past several decades
has even suggested that it is highly questionable if there ever
was a so-called 'land-bridge', or 'ice-bridge' as some have
defined it. Yes, that's right, from an in-depth, intensive
non-politically affected and unbiased scientific study of earth
history, countless scientists (mostly non-American) have
concluded that there most likely never was a 'land-bridge'!
When I was young, it was '12,000 years ago' when Indians
supposedly migrated over the 'land-bridge' into this continent.
Over the years, I have watched this number go up from
12,000 years, to 20,000 years, and now in recent print, I
have begun to see the number placed at over 30,000 years!
It seems that scientists just move the number back whenever
something Indian is discovered that pre-dates their Bering
Strait migration figure! I can tell you this, science does
not have the market cornered on fact, nor on truth.......
U.S. History books, and many other books written about
North American Indigenous people, begin by propagating the
Bering Strait Myth, telling the silly story of thousands, even
millions, of early First Nations people migrating from Asia,
crossing the so-called 'land-bridge' of the Bering Strait. You
may be surprised to discover that the scientists who support
the Bering Strait Myth also want us to believe that many kinds
of animals, plants, and even trees crossed over the Bering
Strait into this Turtle continent. No kidding! Let me give you
some more hard facts to help you discard, at long last, the
foolish Bering Strait Myth once and for all.........................
Many Indigenous Nations have calendars which have
been counting the years for a very long time. I am aware that
the calendar of the Mohawk Indian Nation has been counting
the winters for over 33,120 years. This pre-dates the so-called
'land-bridge' of the Bering Strait theory, unless, of course, the
Bering Strait scientists decide to move their interestingly illusive
time period for "early migration" of Indians back to 40,000 years!
Many American Indian early histories tell of events that took
place on this Turtle continent (North America) long before any
so-called ice age. But, for political reasons, these histories
have been mostly ignored. You see, the Bering Strait, in truth,
is a theory that was born of the politics and propaganda of
early America. In the midst of the American 'Manifest Destiny'
social climate, the Bering Strait theory provided a 'scientific'
means to justify the taking of ancestral Indian lands. In short,
the mythical theory eased the conscience, as it was a way for
land hungry immigrants to believe that, because Indian people
were only 'recent inhabitants' of this land , it was not really their
'homeland'. Therefore Indians were, in their minds, not any more
the 'original people' of this land than they were. This was, and
still is, the political power of the infamous 'Bering Strait theory'.
The Bering Strait theory would have us believe
that all of North America was uninhabited by human beings of
any kind until the supposed 'ice age'. The theory contends that all
the ancestors of American Indians originated in Siberia. Factual
history of the ancient people of Siberia in those times indicates
that these people had plenty to eat, were very settled into their
communities, and the land they lived on. The Bering Strait
theory wants us to believe that countless thousands of people
from these well established communities in Siberia, despite the
fact that they had everything they needed, just left it all
behind to head north into a frozen tundra to 'chase and hunt
game' (which, by the way, also decided for some crazy reason
to leave their rich marshlands and head for the ice). It is certainly
possible that a handful of ancient Siberian people over the course of
thousands of years may have found their way into the northern parts of
North America. The Inuit cultures of Alaska may well carry an ancient
connection with these people in their bloodlines. But this does not in
any way negate the foolishness of the notion that North America was
entirely devoid of humanity, and then suddenly became populated
entirely by Siberians wandering across a so-called frozen ice bridge.
Here I want to address the 'Human Genome Project' issue. This is a
sensitive issue with many minority groups, and for good reason. The
fact is, people used to believe in God. Now they believe in science.
And DNA, now that stuff is never wrong, right? Not so fast. Though
it may be said that DNA can be a very accurate indicator of certain
human genetics, it cannot - as some mistakenly believe - be used
to distinguish one race from another. Please read the following
quote direct from the U.S. Govt. Human Genome Project studies:
"DNA studies do not indicate that separate classifiable subspecies (races) exist
within modern humans. While different genes for physical traits such as skin and
hair color can be identified between individuals, no consistent patterns of genes
across the human genome exist to distinguish one race from another. There also
is no genetic basis for divisions of human ethnicity. People who have lived in the
same geographic region for many generations may have some alleles in common,
but no allele will be found in all members of one population and in no members of
any other. Indeed, it has been proven that there is more genetic variation within
races than exists between them."
Then there is the 'land bridge' itself.... In order to
the Bering Strait 'bridge', we first need the timeless normal function
of the earth's wind, evaporation and precipitation patterns to, all of a
sudden, just change completely. The wind streams need to begin
to travel south to north, instead of west to east. In order to create
the Bering Strait 'bridge', we need to drop the water level at least
200 ft. So an enormous amount of water needs to be evaporated -
about 20.82 million cubic kilometers, enough water to cover an
area of 5 million square miles with a sheet of ice 1.2 miles thick.
To complete the process, we need this massive evaporation to
take place in the warmer climates of the south, then the moisture
laden clouds need to break the natural laws of the planet and
head to the far north so they can then 'dump' their precipitation as
ice over the northern regions of the earth. To quote from Professor
Vine Deloria Jr., "We cannot today conceive of a natural process
that would evaporate this amount of water and transport it safely
from the temperate zones to ensure that it precipitated as ice in
Canada." As you can see, when you begin to explore the facts, it
becomes more and more clear how ridiculous the Bering Strait
theory really is. The Native people of this Turtle continent did
not 'migrate' to this land.... they have always been here..........
may notice that I keep italicizing the word theory. My reason
for doing this is that I think it is very important to note that this myth
is still identified today as a theory, not a fact. A theory is defined as:
"an offered opinion which may not positively be true." Yet this theory
is taught in schools still today as if it were the gospel truth. It is far
from the truth, and the time for it to be removed from lessons about
American Indian people is long overdue.....................................
do encourage teachers to use this document in all classrooms
where it has been decided to teach the truth of Indian culture.
And again, I strongly suggest you get the book by Vine Deloria Jr.,
Red Earth, White Lies. May you be blessed on your journey to truth.
(Written by John Two-Hawks)
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