Dedicated to the grave robbers,necromancers and coprolite sniffers of the pseudo-sciences of Anthropology and Archaeology.
(DON’T) BERINGEA MY NASS
The Indians came in two by two
Some of them brought their Manitou
With Hopi,Hare and Teton Sioux
They trotted down to San Diego
Then some of them said hasta luego
And moseyed down to Tierra del Fuego
All right so its not my Nass I just lived here for over 25 years plus one year in Old Crow.
However there are no Nisga’a genesis stories dealing with a trek that makes Mao’s Long March look like a Sunday stroll.
The flimsy evidence supporting the Beringea Theory has been sliced and diced by Ward Churchill (Since Predator Came) and Elaine Dewar(Bones) among others.
Why do the “green” scientists of Anthropology and Archaeology continue to proselytize this myth?
By perpetuating this smoke and mirrors they toady up to all the governments and funding agencies that wish to have First Nations depicted as immigrants in their own lands.
If the governments of the Second Nations stopped turning the “Nelson eye” to those facts which debunk this theory they could proceed more expeditiously with legitimate Land Claims.
LET ME TELL YOU HOW YOUR GRANDMOTHER LIVED
Let me see your bones
If I can’t find out how you lived
I’ll check your glottal tones
I’m sorry if we got mixed up
To the wrong Indian we spoke
I guess the truth has been found out
Anthropology is a joke
Perhaps we should have paid more heed
To your oral history
But the one thing you won’t get from us
Is an Anthro apology
You see we gaze into a ball
Looking backward into time
Robbing graves and necromancy
Seems to work out fine
We like to think we’re scientists
But you tell us that we’re not
Due to words like could be,maybe,perhaps
You say our theory’s shot
Monogenesis works for us
And Beringea we hold dearly
Too bad you think of Polygenesis
And question our origin theory
We know you think our facts unsound
But so few artifacts we have found
Its hard to be completely sure
We’ve totally defined your ancient culture
But even if we got it wrong
Some other green scientist will come along
And put you under the microscope
Don’t you see there’s always hope
So where did the First Nations originate? Right in the Americas, that’s why they are truly “ab origine”. Since Darwin descended from his tree, both evolutionists and fundamental Christians have espoused the cause of Monogenesis. (I wonder how many Asians, Africans and Europeans believe their origin was centered in the Fertile Crescent between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers or the Olduvai Gorge?)
A much more plausible explanation is Polygenesis, where evolution of the human species took place on every continent. What possible argument can be presented to explain the vacuum of hominids on only two continents,North and South America. When the supercontinent Pangaea was breaking up did all the hominids jump ship and hop, crawl, slither, swim back to Africa, Europe and Asia? NONSENSE !! If the Americas contained life supporting flora and fauna then why no proto-humans ?
But what about indigenous migrations? First Nations responded to the abundance or lack therof of flora and fauna. Therefor seasonal rounds plus minor shifts in population took place constantly. With the Wisconsin Ice Age however the northern people retreated south and intermingled with the locals sharing technology, culture and language. When the glaciers retreated most northerners returned to a world vastly changed but still suited to their needs as the biota had returned.Some of these First nations that returned north now shared some cultural and linguistic characteristics with those who remained south.So the mystery of why some Dene and Navaho language patterns are similar is no longer an enigma.
When the glaciers last receded
To the North we then proceeded
Enjoying all the new terrain
And learning anew how to hunt each strain
Of every animal, bird and fish
To fill our overflowing dish
On the coast of B.C. as the waters rose through glacial melting the people moved to higher ground.So at the flooding’s crest the Tahltans, Nisga’a, Tsimshian and Gitksan wound up living in close proximity to each other near the sources of the Stikine, Nass, and Skeena in the Groundhog Mountains.As the waters receded,groups attempted to return to their previous environs although some took circuitous routes. In the end most wound up close to where they had lived before the floods.
They crossed the bridge two by two
The Gitksan, Musqueam and Chilcotin crew
Nobody asked when they looked back
Why the bridge was a one way track
Maybe one in forty-four used that northern door
But there definitely weren’t any more
Because while Europeans lived in caves
Haida and Nootka ruled the waves
Over the area called B.C.
And long before sad Wounded Knee
Nisga’a, Haisla and Salish too
Were all adept in the dugout canoe
Whites said we needed different goals
Than to carve our history in our poles
I wish they’d had a bigger heart
Heck, we have lived here from the start
What laws did these latecomers heed
To make a mockery of our deed
Since time began we owned the land
They never paid a single band
Just came and took
Hands never shook
So now just like apple preserves
We sit confined on our reserve
Cause the white man said this land is ours
We need some place to park our cars
So move your indigent,animistic souls
Back from the city to where the fresh wind blows
The Beringea Theory is a Potemkin Village whose sole purpose is to denigrate First Nations people as early immigrants and thus deny their “ab origine” rights. The weak arguments about ice-free corridors and elastic time-lines are self fulfilling prophecies based on the selective dissemination of facts.
To continue to promote this concept can only be viewed as an effort to undermine legitimate land claims by denying “aboriginality”. The concept that the Incas, Iroquois, Aztecs and Nisga’as all entered the Americas via the one-way street called Beringea is a null hypothesis. What we need now is a cease and desist order to all textbook publishers to remove all reference to Beringea as the sole source of First nations genesis.
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