[Marxism] Turks and American Indians--Bering Strait theory
binesi at gvtel.com
Wed Jun 25 15:39:21 MDT 2008
Re the "Bering Strait theory" that Louis mentioned as being "generally
accepted (i.e., that American Indians migrated from Asia across it
during a brief land bridge period), the other part of that "theory" (not
mentioned) is that the Indians were widely scattered in the Americas and
living in small groups. This is highly dubious, as is the "theory"
itself. I am not arguing against it, merely pointing out that it has
serious flaws. I highly recommend the following book, which addresses
this issue and is, furthermore, very readable and informative,
demonstrating convincingly that some Indians lived in highly structured
and large societies (judging from, e.g., their gigantic earthen works
reshaping the landscape for agricultural purposes, as in Bolivia). There
are other problems with the "theory" in terms of archaeological finds
and time frames. Rather than go into all this, you might check out the book:
Charles C. Mann, /1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus/
(New York: Vintage, 2005).
I have been studying Ojibwe language and culture for three years, and
have many contacts among the Ojibwe. Informed and educated Ojibwe
recommend this book, and in general do NOT accept the Bering Strait
theory as proven.
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