I have to admit that being Oglala Lakota myself (Thorpes FTW!), I was fully prepared to agree with everything Moya-Smith said…but I just can’t. Of course David Reich conceded that the Bering Strait migration is a theory. As someone mentioned before, a theory is not the same thing as a hypothesis. A scientific theory summarizes a hypothesis that has been supported with repeated testing. Celebrating his "admission" as some kind of gain for Native Americans is absolutely ridiculous. I’m not the kind of person who believes that science is always right (Eugenics, anyone?), but the absolute refusal to admit that nearly EVERY ethnicity migrated to their current location is frustrating. Race is nothing but geographic variation. The first peoples of Australia most likely migrated there on boats. The first peoples of the Americas very likely walked across the Bering Strait or came down the coasts in boats. Maintaining the Lakota creation story in a world still containing other nomadic groups with similar creation stories is a beautiful thing. But it’s only part of our history. While I disagree with Reich’s timeframe (I’ve read lots of studies examining evidence that people have been in the Americas for around 30,000 years), I find his theory of subsequent migrations to the Americas very plausible. Natives have been here for a very long time. Our ties to this continent are indisputable. European Americans can’t take that away, not really. And accepting our entire history will only serve to strengthen our claim to this land. 500 years vs 30,000? That’s the real +1 in our favor.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 03:28