The DNA Consultants Blog is a great source of inspiration and information and yesterday’s post is an interesting read.
Long before the days of DNA testing scientists, Thomas Jefferson and Constantine Rafinesque, demonstrated the genetic similarity between native Americans and Turkic peoples of the Altai region of southern Siberia.
I thought the comment at the end of the article very likely to be true. “How long will it take American history books to catch up to this new proof? We predict: never. The jingoistic Smithsonian has its own versions of things and these are ingrained into anthropological dogma as deeply as Manifest Destiny. Interestingly, Turkish and Muslim historians have already entered it as a basic fact of history. They have long claimed American Indians as their genetic cousins.”
There’s a lot of information in the article which provides information as well as numerous links. I’ll provide the link to the Consultants blog post below.
The article also discusses a new book written by American genealogist author and DNA investigator, Donald N. Yates titled “Old World Roots of the Cherokee: How DNA, Ancient Alphabets and Religion Explain the Origins of Americas Largest Indian Nation.”
The book will undoubtedly be very different because, as the information on DNA Consultants says, most histories of the Cherokee Nation focus on it encounters with Europeans and other government conflicts including the Trail of Tears.
This scientific exploration, which is due to be published on June 15 will no doubt prove to be very different. This work was ten years in the making and “traces the origins of the Cherokee people to the third century B.C.E. and follows their migrations through the Americas to their homeland in the lower Appalachian Mountains. Using a combination of DNA analysis, historical research and classical philology, it uncovers the Jewish and Eastern Mediterranean ancestry of the Cherokee and reveals that they originally spoke Greek before adopting the Iroquoian language of their Haudenosaunee allies while the two nations dwelt together in the Ohio Valley.”
Click on DNA Consultants to read the article and follow the links for more information. I’m looking forward to reading the book.