Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The 9,300 year-old skeleton named “Kennewick Man” may be turned over to a confederation of Indian tribes, eleven years after being recovered from the banks of the Columbia River near
The change in his status has nothing to do with his likely ethnicity or origin, but rather with a proposed change in a law governing the disposition of ancient human remains found in the
What’s that got to do with us? Plenty.
From the very beginning, Kennewick Man’s ancestry was disputed. Scientists and other trained specialists noted that the remains were not Mongoloid in appearance. In fact, as some noted, he looked a lot like a European. The words “Caucasoid” and even “Caucasian” were being muttered - and not just by journalists.
Since that early controversy, the realization has grown that
Early migrations of Europeans to
So what evidence is there that Europeans were here before the Indians? A comprehensive summary would be beyond the scope of this update, but, in brief:
The earliest skeletal remains in
Stone tools of the “Clovis” style resemble those of ancient
Clovis points in
The presence of the genetic marker “haploid x” in Northeastern Indian tribes proves pre-Columbian contact with
Tribal legends from (at least)
Simulations of Ice Age climate show that a bridge of ice extended across the Atlantic from
This is compelling evidence - at least compelling enough to warrant careful study of early skeletal remains. But if the politicians get their way, it won’t happen…and magnificent explorations by our European kin will be buried, forever. A part of our past will have been stolen.
For background on the present legislative crisis:
For an organization (non-Asatru, and with no ethno-political interests) that opposes this cover up, go to the “Friends of
To interpret our stand on this issue as “anti-Indian” is a mistake. We respect all indigenous peoples and recognize their right to exist and to work out their destiny in the ways of their ancestors. On many issues, I will side with the tribes and I am the first to agree they should have control over the bodies of their dead. Nor do I have an interest in abrogating their treaty rights. On the subject of Kennewick Man and other likely European migrants to
All peoples deserve respect…and that includes our people, those of us who are of Germanic descent, part of the Greater Family of European peoples.
Legislation has been proposed to keep Kennewick Man - and many similar sets of human remains - from being surrendered to Indian tribes.
The web site for the Congressman introducing this legislation is:
“Exploration and technology have been a hallmark of Asatru culture and in this discussion group we hope to develop ideas to continue and promote that tradition. We seek to develop ideas for creating a spacefaring Asatru civilization. This includes ideas of culture, technology, and religion.”
With these bold words on its Yahoo web site, the Asaspace Technology Group explains its purpose to the world. On the ATG list you will find links and discussion relating to space science and exploration, all set in the (often unspoken) context of Asatru.
We need to develop a generation of Asatruar to take our religion into the future, applying our spiritual values and wisdom in ever-new ways. Our Folk must be active in today’s frontiers, and in those of tomorrow. We sons and daughters of Europe have powerful competition from an ascendant
If your have an interest in both the spiritual Way of the Germanic peoples and the exploration of space, go to http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/asaspace/?yguid=99488093
We are a people - Germanic people, part of the Greater Family of European peoples, following the ways of our ancestors.
Only when we realize we are a river will we stop drowning in puddles.
Norwegian petroglyphs deliberately damaged - Ancient petroglyphs in the Ostfold region of southeastern
Icelandic documentary to focus on our Lore - A three-part documentary on the sagas and Norse history will premier this fall in
To see a trailer, go to http://youtube.com/watch?v=43bpchgW6VQ
Runestone fragment found in the stonework of a Norwegian church - A runestone dating from the 13th or 14th century has been uncovered in a church in Rogaland. The inscription, which is of a Christian nature, concerns the death of a local farmer.
Leif Erikson statue unveiled in
Viking Age cabin discovered in
Our Western traditions of freedom under law derive overwhelmingly from the culture of
House committee begins NSA wiretap investigation - The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has begin its investigation into wiretapping by the National Security Agency, querying Verizon, Qwest, and AT&T regarding the scope of the program and the nature of the information given to the government.
British government given unprecedented access to telephone calls - Some 795 public bodies, from national institutions down to local councils, will have access to every call made in the country under a new plan that went into effect October 1st.
UK 2017: Daily life in the surveillance society - This article describes a report just issued in
The Earth is our mother, called variously in our mythic lore Frigga, Nerthus, and Jord. As the most intelligent species on the planet, humans end up making many decisions for all the other forms of life that live here - so let us choose wisely.
Amazon jungle could be gone in 40 years, say campaigners - According to Conservation International, the Amazon rainforest is threatened by new transportation routes opening up formerly inaccessible regions.
A very special Polish valley threatened by development - It’s only about ten square kilometers in extent, and thus very vulnerable to planned development. What’s special about it? “Some of
Wind-up radios, small solar arrays, LED lights, solar-powered radios, and more! - The C Crane company is world-famous for its energy-saving products that perfect for power outages, Ragnarok, and other inconveniences.
Home Power Magazine - Here’s a publication that helps you design and build your own home power system, including solar, hydro, and wind. You can download a free sample copy, and they have a special series of introductory articles for those of you who are new to all this.