From the World to the Next: New Perspectives on Native American Oral Histories and Archaeological Data as Evidence for Nautical Migration to the Americas

Hencmann, David and Riggs , Chuck and Mulhern, Dawn (2012) From the World to the Next: New Perspectives on Native American Oral Histories and Archaeological Data as Evidence for Nautical Migration to the Americas. [Abstract]

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Abstract

By examining linguistic, biological and archaeological evidence in combination with the oral traditions of Native Americans, this paper seeks to prove that the colonization of the Americas occurred not only through multiple terrestrial migrations, but via watercraft. Through archival research various sources of information regarding the linguistic similarities and differences between modern Native American groups, biological data supporting a genetic link between Native American populations and populations in Asia, as well as archaeological data from three different continents stands as evidence for the watercraft migration hypotheses. Numerous Native American oral traditions suggest that at one point in their history watercraft were used as a means by which they could have traveled from one continent to the other.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 7th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oral History, Native American, Nautical migration, Americas, Linguistics, Terrestrial migration, Watercraft, Indians of North America, American Indian, Native language, Anthropology, Communication, Historical linguistics
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Anthropology
School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences > Native American and Indigenous Studies
NBS Symposium
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 13:48
Last Modified: 10 May 2013 13:48
URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/272


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