News from DNA Consultants Explorers Club October 2020

Explorer Club

From the Editor

In this, the second of the Explorers Club newsletter, readers will find another assortment of research pieces, learning modules and people news.


Prayer during Time of Pestilence

If anyone thinks the ancient citizens of Mexico were primitive, read this eloquent Nahautl prayer from about 1550

New Human Migration Map

DNA Consultants replaces its “beachcomber route” map of human migrations out of Africa with a “northern route” scheme more aligned with current phylogenetic and phylogeographic theory.

Learning Curve

Learning Curve: More Dirty Little Secrets of DNA Testing

More than 26 million people have submitted their DNA samples for testing since the new field of commercialized personal genomics was announced over thirteen years ago.

The Crazy Horse Gene

Added earlier this year, the Crazy Horse Gene is one of six ancient markers for American Indian descent in the Rare Genes from History test.


In the News October 2020

Gary A. David published The Orion Dimension: Hopi Cosmology, Earth Enigmas & Celestial Secrets ($21.95, 391pp.)…

N. Brent Kennedy III, 1950-2020 Standard Bearer for Appalachian Diversity

N. Brent Kennedy III, Appalachian author, educator and development executive, died Monday, Sept. 21…


Mea Culpa
By Donald N. Yates

In my research, I am usually more tempted to claim “We wuz right,” but it is only proper that I should recant on the current occasion.

Spotlight on Populations: Tonga

Among the forensic populations we have in our database is the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. A match with it can signal Polynesian ancestry.


Native American Encyclopedia of Georgia: Book Review

The result of eighteen years of research and eight months in the writing, this compilation by Georgia regional historian/archeologist Richard L.

Coming Soon: Audiobook of The Eighth Arrow

In 1996, Donald Panther-Yates closed the door of his office on Music Row and drove to the home of Chief Two White Feathers and his wife, Talking Eyes, in the Cumberland Mountains…


What Is It?

We honestly don’t know. We purchased the pendant at Qualla Arts on the Cherokee reservation several years ago. Please send your comments to We will publish them in the next newsletter.


Ancient Autumn Traditions

The fall equinox has been a day of celebration for cultures since ancient times. People tracked the transitions of the Earth’s journeys around the Sun.

· At Machu Picchu in Peru, an ancient stone monument called Intihuatana—which means “Hitching Post of the Sun”—serves as a solar clock to mark the dates of the equinoxes and solstices.

· In Mexico, the Mayans built a giant pyramid called Chichen Itza. On the equinoxes, it looks as if a snake made of light slithers down the pyramid’s steps.

· In England, Stonehenge was also built with the equinoxes and solstices in mind.

Source: New England Antiquities Research Association


Letters to the Editor

Read about fictive Cherokee genealogies, Jerry “Walking the Trail” Ellis and a Mississippi psychic. Send letters to


Did You Know?

After taking the Basic American Indian or Cherokee DNA Test you can upgrade to the full DNA Fingerprint Plus product without having to be resampled.