How Linguists Are Pulling Apart the Bering Strait Theory
Over the past few weeks, new scientific discoveries have rekindled the debate over the Bering Strait Theory. Two of the discoveries were covered recently in Indian Country Today. The first “More Reasons to Doubt the Bering Strait Migration Theory,” dealt with the growing problem of “science by press release,” as scientific studies hype their conclusions to the point that they are misleading; and the second, “DNA Politics: Anzick Child Casts Doubt on Bering Strait Theory,” discussed how politics can influence science, and the negative effects these politically-based scientific results can have on Native peoples.
I was a little skeptical going into reading this article, but honestly, it makes a lot of sense. Check it out.
There are a lot of clear reasons for people in the west to stick with the Bering Strait theory, even when there appears to be a sizable amount of evidence against it. For one, they want to believe that native peoples were somehow “inferior” and “savage”… but if they existed in the Americas for so long, they must have had some wisdom, and some equality in existence with the people of the East. They did not build bloody empires, though (with a few exceptions, like the Aztecs), but in my opinion that speaks to their wisdom, not their weakness.
Westerners also still hold on to the blatantly stupid idea that Columbus “discovered” the “New” World. Except for that world wasn’t new at all, and Columbus didn’t discover it, and Native Americans had actually been traveling back and forth between the Americas and Asia.
So yeah, check out this article. It’s pretty cool.