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Scientists Suggest Native Woman Traveled to Europe 1,000 Years Ago


Scientists speculate that a Native woman might have traveled from America to Europe a thousand years ago. This bold theory is based on the genetic research by Agnar Helgason, a scholar at Iceland's deCODE Genetics and an associate research professor at the University of Iceland. According to an article published on the Time Magazine website, Helgason was researching the origin of the Icelandic population when he discovered that a small group of Icelanders — roughly 350 in total — carried a particular genome known as C1, usually seen only in Asians and Native Americans, and transmitted from mother to daughter. "We figured it was a recent arrival from Asia," said Helgason. "But we discovered a much deeper story than we expected."

Helgason's graduate student Sigridur Sunna Ebenesersdottir traced the matrilineal sequence to a date that was much earlier than when the first Asians started appearing in Iceland. She concluded that all the people who carry the C1 genome are descendants of one of four women who lived around the year 1700. She also posited that these four likely shared a common female ancestor.

The occurrence of this genome was also studied by Spain's CSIC scientific research institute, reported. “As the island was virtually isolated from the 10th century, the most likely hypothesis is that these genes corresponded to an Amerindian woman who was brought from America by the Vikings around the year 1000," said CSIC researcher Carles Lalueza-Fox.

Today’s scientific community accepts that the Vikings—and not Columbus--were the first Europeans to step on the American soil.  In 1960, archeologists discovered a Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the island of Newfoundland in Canada. The site has been tentatively identified with Vinland--the name given to an area of North America by the Vikings about the year 1000. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, a collection of stories describing events that took place in Iceland about a thousand years ago, a settlement at Vinland was established by the Norse explorer Leif Ericson. It was those Viking sailors, Icelandic and Spanish scholars think, who could have brought a Native woman with them to Europe.

Did it really happen? Was it a love story or yet another sad tale of European violence against indigenous women? Whatever the answer, the report by scholars from the CSIC and the University of Iceland was published in the January issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

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Submitted by cooday on
We have done this before and we will do it again. The oldest human remains date back 160,000 years. Before documented history Tlingits and First Nations have traveled almost everywhere on this planet. The scientists and anthropologists are finding DNA between nations by claiming and studying our own 10,000 year old ancient ones found on our land. These are really pre-documented love stories of anther time of all races traveling or by storm carrying a canoe across an ocean . My love theory is not supported by some experts. More stories like this will come out. Ok America celebrates Columbus Day, but what if First Nations discovered Europe even more then 1,000 years ago. Perhaps it is time for First Nations to celebrate the anniversary of our own Native Woman's arrival in Europe a 1,000 Years ago. We do have our own experts like Tlingit anthropologist Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute. Rosita can pull together a team of First Nations scholars and experts to work out a day of celebration for this historical story of our current times. We need to move fast to make it a national holiday with a bill passing through Congress, then the Senate and signed by President Obama. Now Tlingit Albert M. Kookesh, a Democratic member of the Alaska Senate, has a good working relationship with National First Nation politicians, also with Mark Begich the junior United States Democrat Senator from Alaska and also Republican Lisa Murkowski, they make this happen in DC. Our First Nations media can work with the mainstream media to gather support Worldwide. This can be a holiday that all First Nations, America and Europe can celebrate together! Again this idea may not be supported by some experts.

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Submitted by cooday on
Native woman story starts with explorers from different nations worldwide passing each other like ships in the night without seeing each other over a thousand years ago. Explorers going in different directions.