Charles Bird King, Josiah C. Nott, Origin of Aboriginals in the Americas, Southeast Asia, The Beringia Land Bridge, The Clovis Point, The Folsom Point, The Ten Lost Tribes
Earlier this week, I caught a glimpse of a post showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whispering to President Obama. There was a video and a superimposed text. I read the text which, I believe, was an interpretation rather than a quotation of what Prime Minister Netanyahu may have been whispering. To the best of my recollection, Prime Minister Netanyahu was reminding President Obama of the sorry fate of Amerindians. I was truly puzzled.
The Ten Lost Tribes
A few minutes later, I remembered reading that members of certain North-American “tribes,” several Cherokees, for instance, believe they are the descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes. I tried to retrieve the post I had glimpsed, but it had disappeared from my reader.
This is not a recent theory. One of its early proponents was Indian trader James Adair (c.1709 – 1783) who published The History of the Indians, in 1775, an Internet Archive publication. (See Ten Lost Tribes, Native Americans.) Moreover, the theory is also supported by Israeli scholars.
The Beringia Land Bridge
The prevailing theory remains that Amerindians came to the Americas via the Behring Strait or through the Beringia Land Bridge. These Native Americans would belong to the Clovis culture,13,200 to 12,900 calendar years ago, or the Folsom complex, about 9,000 calendar years ago. The Clovis culture used pointed projectiles called the Clovis point. As for the Folsom complex, its hunters used the Folsom point. Both projectiles are in the shape of a leaf and both Clovis and Folsom are locations in New Mexico.
However, there is evidence of other entryways. For instance, aboriginals may have lived in Beringia for a long time, long enough for Beringians to be ancestors to Native Americans.
Aboriginals may also originate from countries located in southeast Asia and would have arrived by boat to the west coast of the Americas.
But the above, does not preclude the possibility of North American aboriginals being members of the Ten Lost Tribes. Identifying the origin of first Americans now includes DNA analysis, a reliable tool.
If Cherokees are descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes, Sequoya who created the Cherokee syllabary could be a descendant of the Ten Lost Tribes and Jewish. At the moment, sources differ as to the identity of Sequoya’s father. Some claim that his father was a peddler from Swabia (Germany) whose name was Guyst, Guist, or Gist. Sequoya’s English-speaking friends called him George Guess or George Gist. According to Josiah C. Nott, Sequoyah was the “son of a Scotchman.”
In 1971, writer Traveller Bird, a Cherokee who claims Sequoyah was his ancestor, wrote a book entitled Tell Them They Lie: The Sequoyah Myth. In Traveller Bird’s opinion, Sequoyah was a Cherokee. His mother was named Wuteh and, at one point, the two left Tennessee and settled in Alabama where Sequoya created his Cherokee syllabary and married Sally Benge in 1815. In 1829, Sequoyah moved to a location near the present city of Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
Sequoya was self-taught, but very gifted and resourceful. Once his syllabary was accepted, the literacy rate of Cherokees surpassed that of the local European population (see Sequoyah, Wikipedia). Exceptional resourcefulness is a characteristic often attributed to the Jews.
Josiah C. Nott
The above-mentioned Josiah C. Nott (31 March 1804 – 31 March 1873) was an American surgeon and author. He is known for his racist theories. He claimed, for instance, that “the negro achieves his greatest perfection, physical and moral, and also greatest longevity, in a state of slavery.” Sickening! He hired Swiss-born Henry Hotze to translate Arthur de Gobineau‘s Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races, published in 1853 and 1855.
We have discussed Arthur de Gobineau, in Comments on Racism.
Amerindians speak several languages, which points to different ancestry and some tribes have moved. At one point in their history, there was a migration of Cherokees from the vicinity of Lake Superior to the southeast of the current United States.
I will never know what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whispered to President Obama, but it may have been about the possible Jewish origins of certain North American Aboriginals. It’s an interesting hypothesis.
With kind regards to all of you and apologies for being away from my computer. I’ve not been well. ♥
- Comments on Racism (2 February 2015)
- See page entitled Aboriginals in North America
Sources and Resources
- James Adair, The History of the Indians (Internet Archive) https://archive.org/stream/historyofamerica00adairich#page/n3/mode/2up
- Current Genomics http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2874220/
- Indigenous People of the Americas, Wikipedia
- Settlement of the Americas, Wikipedia
- The Origins of Amerindians http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2874220/
- George Catlin
Illustrations of the manners, customs and conditions of the North American Indians, with Letters and Notes, Vol. 1 Internet Archives (images)
- Illustrations of the manners, customs and conditions of the North American Indians,
with Letters and Notes, Vol. 2 Internet Archives (images)
- George Catlin
Life Among the Indians, Internet Archives
© Micheline Walker
24 September 2015
Buffalo Bull Grazing, 1845
I guess that anything is possible, Michelle. If true, this WOULD have been part of my argument, had I been around – and in a position to influence anyone – for the U.S. to establish a Jewish homeland . . . within our borders. This would have made SO much more sense, from both a security standpoint, AND in terms of fairness to the people of Palestine. IF that had happened, I don’t think the world would have experienced even HALF of the turmoil and mayhem that has taken place in the Middle East over the last 68 years. If that had happened there likely would not have been anything close to “radical Islam”, and The Crusades would have remained in the history books.
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This is a controversial issue. It was a very close vote and it would my opinion that those persons who voted in favour of the creation of a state within a state were led by their emotions. Six million Jews were slaughtered. There was room for Israel in the United States, but would that have suited the United States, not to mention future Israeli?
It seems that what is viewed as American meddling in the Middle East is mostly support given Israel by the United States. The problem at the moment is that Israel does not like the Iran deal, but Israel has nuclear weapons and cannot therefore ask for complete nuclear disarmament on the part of Iran.
A lot of Israeli would like to return to their various countries in Europe.
In the meantime, Israel is befriending its Ten Lost Tribes who are delighted to be Jewish.
Thank you for writing.
I think the U.S. and Great Britain wanted a “friendly” foothold in the Middle East – where so much of the oil was – so they were more than happy to appease the Zionists, in their quest for their “ancestral homeland”. I think they thought they *might* be able to control them a little more, but that was clearly erroneous. Despite the fact that they spy on us, and have even attacked U.S. forces in the past, somebody continues to push the “they’re our greatest ally” myth, and we continue to provide them with more and more unconditional aid. It really makes one think who is REALLY calling the shots in this country. — YUR
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There was a great of pressure to create a state of Israel. Six million Jews had died and the world was seeing the bodies of emaciated Jews who had survived. The world had seen the emaciated bodies. Locating the state of Israel in an environment that differed radically from Europe was injudicious. The Jews were westernized and they had lived in countries where faith and church were separate entities. President Truman was a key figure in the creation of Israel, almost a founding father. There is a site I found helpful: https://history.state.gov/milestones/1945-1952/creation-israel. A war erupted the moment Israel was created and later the Suez Crisis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suez_Crisis.
Our current job is to fix the problem. Four million Syrians are seeking a refuge.
I spent three days trying to write a post about Israel and then realized that people may read what they wanted to read and may not see that my main concern was the every day life and security of “little folks” everywhere. I wish Netanyahu had not sought reassurance from President Putin. He’s one of “Mighty”.
Take care. Micheline
Sarah Potter Writes said:
This makes for fascinating and thought-provoking reading.
It is interesting to see that some Israeli scholars tend to agree that some Native Americans may be descendants of their ten lost tribes. I read recently that there were white Native Americans. Thank you for writing and take care.
Wendell A. Brown said:
I enjoyed this, and I think that my grandmothers, and great grandmothers and great grea-tgrandmothers on both sides of my mothers family would have enjoyed it also as they are all Cherokee descendents. Nicely done, maybe that is the reason I have known God from a very young age, and have always written poems, psalms, and romantic writings to Him. Thanks for sharing my dear sister! Hugs and blessings to you always!
The Cherokee are a very fine tribe, extremely talented and wise. They are different from most other tribes. They did not define themselves as “warriors”. They were recognized as “civilized” from the start. However, given the manner in which their land was taken from them, one wonders what meaning colonists had given the word “civilized”. Their spiritual values, the way they dressed and the manner in which they governed themselves tend to support their view that they were one of the ten lost tribes. Thank you brother. Hugs and blessings.