North American Mythology
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Last Updated: Thursday January 29, 2004
Briefly,about 10,000 years B.C.E a group of nomadic tribesmen left central east Asia and crossed the ice-capped
Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska. Some settled in North America and were subsequently named 'Eskimos'
and 'Red Indians' by the European colonists. The rest moved south to Central and South America to eventually
become Mayas, Incas, Aztecs and other historically famous Amerindian nations. There is some evidence for
a migration from Siberia via boats. And there is scholars who argue that the migration was north from South
America who were colonized by Asian sea farers from Siberia, Japan (Ainsu), China, and the South Seas islands.
And then there is the Kennewick Man controversy.
Also there is this article on Migrations
And there is another aspect to the different native nations sharing certain enterprises: the mound building
Then, around 2500 years B.C.E., a group of Amerindians, the Arawaks, left their homes on the banks of the
Orinoco River in South America. They travelled by rafts in dangerous seas, taking with them small animals,
plants and seeds. One of the Caribbean islands they landed on was Dominica. Here they lived peacefully for
almost 1,000 years until they were invaded and conquered by another group of Amerindians, the Caribs. Over
the years the two cultures and languages became fused and their simple life-style based on fishing and the sea
continued peacefully until the fifteenth century, when a new set of conquerors from Europe discovered the
See Central America
There is a long relationship between natives and Europeans. One tribe the Hidatsa has had their history well documented. There may only be 1500 of them (1990 American census) but they are quite significant in American history. Their mythology is documented on this site
Popul Vuh-First Book is the Mayan Creation Story
Native Gods, Table of...
Meso American Written Languages
Tribal Names (Central and South America as well)
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