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American Indians and Turkic People Share Deep Ancestry

Wednesday, June 06, 2012
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We've known or suspected as much for a long time. American Indians and Turkic peoples of the Altai region of southern Siberia share common ancestors. American scientists Thomas Jefferson and Constantine Rafinesque were the first to demonstrate this genetic similarity, long before the days of DNA. Now an article in American Journal of Human Genetics has clenched the argument with mitochondrial and Y chromosomal DNA studies.

The groundbreaking citation is:  Matthew C. Dulik et al., Mitochondrial DNA and Y Chromosome Variation Provides Evidence for a Recent Common Ancestry between Native Americans and Indigenous Altaians, AJHG 90/2, 229-246. The full article may read here.

From Old World Roots of the Cherokee, a book appearing June 15 by Donald N. Yates:

--Thomas Jefferson thought American Indians were Turks and Tartars coming across the Bering Sea from Asia, while his contemporary John Filson believed them to be Phoenicians. (See Boorstin, Daniel J. The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson, Chicago:  U of Chicago P, 1993.)

--(quoting Rafinesque) "Many other empires having begun to rise in the vicinity of Aztlan, such as those of Bali [Indonesia, perhaps Oppenheimer’s Eden in the East?], Scythia [Russian steppes], Thibet, Oghuz [Lake Baikal area], the Iztacan were driven eastwards, north of China; but some fragments of the nation are still found in the Caucasus, &c. such as the Abians or Abassans, Alticezecs [Altai Turks], Cushazibs, Chunsags, Modjors, &c. 

--"The six Iztacan nations being still pressed upon by their neighbours the Oghuzians [Uigur Turks], Moguls [Mongols], &c. gradually retreated or sent colonies to Japan, and the islands of the Pacific ocean; having discovered America at the peninsula of Alasca [Alaska, a Chinese word], during their navigations, the bulk of the nation came over and spread from Alasca to Anahuac, establishing many states in the west of America, such as Tula [Toltec], Amaquemeca, Tehuajo [Tewa, Tiwa, Tawa], Nabajoa [Navajo], Teopantla, Huehue, and many others.

--"After crossing the mountains, they discovered and followed the Missouri and Arkanzas rivers, reaching thus the Mississippi and Kentucky (26-27)."

How long will it take American history books to catch up to this new proof? We predict:  never. The jingoistic Smithsonian has its own versions of things and these are ingrained into anthropological dogma as deeply as Manifest Destiny. Interestingly, Turkish and Muslim historians have already entered it as a basic fact of history. They have long claimed American Indians as their genetic cousins.


Anonymous commented on 11-Jun-2012 01:18 PM

The people of Iran already have known for eons that the ancestors of the Navajo came from that general area originally. For simple comparison, the smilarities between the design elements of Navajo vs. tribal rugs and weavings from Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan,
The Caucasus and other areas cannot be simply a "coincidence"; and therefore cannot be summarily ignored. Now, DNA evidence speaks loudly in favor of what has already been known for milennia.

Brian Costello commented on 21-Jul-2012 03:14 AM

The ancestors of the American Indians came from Siberia. However most of Siberia is Yenesian and Tungus not Turkic. Turkic peoples arrived in Siberia very late. The Yakuts were not Turkified until the 15th century A.D.

Elfiya Marat commented on 06-Dec-2013 11:33 AM

Brain Costello my friend you are wrong, the first homeland of all turkic peoples was in southern siberia, which would be around lake baikal. The yakuts went up north after 10th century. After 10th century millions of turkic people migrated out of southern siberia into parts of Russia, central asia, parts of middle east and europe. Remeber the word "RUS" comes from viking varangians, not indigenous slavic tribes in caucasus region. Russia is in Asia

Ronald Best commented on 31-Mar-2014 11:21 PM

I am so suprised. The Phoenicians were famous ancient sailors. Should it really be a surprise there could be ancient land migrators? They really haven't considered the other possibility that native americans were in the new world much earlier and simply migrated back towards the middle east. This is still very closed minded thinking. Native Americans should be claiming that we migrated as far as the middle east or siberia.

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