Connecting American Indian Genealogies and Genetics
It was among the first books to connect the dots between DNA haplotypes and historical Cherokee lines, definitively demonstrating how the Cherokee had a far different origin from other indigenous peoples of North America. Now, the second volume of Cherokee DNA Studies, subtitled “More Real People Who Proved the Geneticists Wrong,” and masterfully narrated like the first by Pete Ferrand, is available as a download from ACX and Panther’s Lodge Publishers. The cost is $19.95, a savings of $5.00 over the list price on Audible, Amazon’s online audiobook store. Total listening time is more than 10 hours.
Phase III of DNA Consultants’ Cherokee DNA Studies proved that many of the new Cherokee mitochondrial lines—as well as most of early eastern North American Indian types—originated in the Old World in seaborne colonization, not as migrations across a hypothetical Bering land-bridge. Both Cherokee DNA Studies I and 2 were compiled and written by Donald N. and Teresa A. Yates and are available in print, epub, pdf and audiobook form.
The second volume (whose introduction can be listened to in its entirety as a sample of the audiobook) covers the following subjects in Cherokee history: why some Cherokee descendants get matches to Armenian, Croatian and Turkish; Scandinavians, Polynesians, Phoenicians, Berbers and Egyptians (chapter 4); Constantine Rafinesque’s tribal histories; Richard Thornton’s findings on the wide variety of Indians and Old World ethnicities in the Creek Confederacy; intermarrying Jewish lines; the earliest ethnographic writings of the French about the oldest Indians in the Southeast, the Apalache; and the Finnish Connection in U5. It contains a table of haplotypes for all phases, totaling 175 participants since the project began, in 2006 (p. 58). Notable are U (22%), T (18%), H (17%) and J (10%).
Some of the historical figures mentioned in the text are William Adkins I, Shawnee, whose male descendants are I2a; James Beamor, a Sephardic Jewish carpenter who immigrated to Charleston and became the first principal chief of the Cherokee at the instigation of the British, (he apparently carried the Cohen Modal Haplotype of Old Testament priests); James Adair, whose Chickasaw informant and mistress on the frontier was a Jewess; Creek Chief Brim; Richard Brigstock, a missionary of the Hospitallers Order and the earliest observer of Apalache Indians; the French author Chateaubriand who popularized the “Indian Romeo and Juliet”; Emmet Starr; Blackheaded Cooper; Nancy Ward; Eleanor Dare; Cornelius Dougherty; The Birdtail King of the Cussetas; Ostenaco; William Eubanks; Nathaniel Gist; Sequoyah; Ludovick Grant; Lydia Halfbreed; John Haywood; Charles Hicks; Issaqueena (the Carolina Pocahontas); Chief Little Turkey; Chief Black Fox; Elvis Presley; Oconostota; Dragging Canoe; Ruck Sizemore; Tecumseh; Tenskwatawa; Great Eagle; Sir Alexander Cumings; and Stand Watie. These names are just some of the thousand or more listed in the genealogies and index.
A bonus for readers is Appendix D, “Digression Containing a Summary of the Moral and Natural History of the Land of the Apalachites” (1681), an ethnological treatise by the Frenchman Charles Rochefort, with contributions on the flora and fauna of the Southeast by Edoard de Graeves, much of it translated for the first time into English. The etymologies which the French missionaries recorded from the Apalache language evince ancient Greek and are to be explained by settlements of the Sea Peoples in Bronze Age Georgia and the Caribbean.
Another valuable tangent in the book is a discussion of Rafinesque’s “Haytian Annals,” which shows that modern anthropologists discarded the New World’s oldest chronicle, composed by Taino historians and once carefully preserved by Ramón Pané, a friar hired by Columbus.
The book’s material is far-ranging—and some would say “far out.” But you can easily read it and judge for yourself from the various forms the publication has taken, including most recently the streaming audiobook. From Pete Ferrand’s warm and accessible narration you can be sure of the correct pronunciation of such difficult names as Altamaha, the river in Georgia (all-tah-mah-HAH) and Tsalagi, the time-honored tribal name (TCHOLL-ah-kee). Moreover, the footnotes, index, chronological table, data charts and other bibliography by the authors Donald and Teresa Yates are top notch as well.
Cherokee DNA Studies II: More Real People Who Proved the Geneticists Wrong (print, epub, pdf) $9.99-$45.00
Cherokee DNA Studies II: More Real People Who Proved the Geneticists Wrong (audiobook) $19.95
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Cherokee DNA Studies: Real People Who Proved the Geneticists Wrong (audiobook), available through Audible.com for $13.00
Donald Yates Interviewed on Israeli TV Show about Cherokee and Jewish Connections (news, April 27, 2022)
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