Published: Saturday, Aug. 24 2013 12:30 p.m. MDT
I am indebted to George Caitlin for a little knowledge of the Mandan tribe for
whom, I believe, has been speculated a degree of Welsh descent based upon
linguistic traits.Caitlin was informed beforehand, by Governor
Clarke, that this tribe were " a strange people and half white".
Caitlin visited in the 1830's; the Lewis and Clarke expedition had, a
generation earlier, visited a Mandan village. Other than that, and white
traders, Caitlin states that they recalled no contacts with white people.Yet he states: I have been struck with the peculiar ease and elegance of
these people, together with the diversity of complexions, and that they had
"various colors of their hair and eyes... singularity of...language, and ...
peculiar and unaccountable customs..I am fully convinced that they have sprung
from some other origin... or that they are an amalgam of natives with some
civilized race."The legend or "ancient rumor" is that a
Welsh prince (and others) in 1170 set out in a boat which never returned.Many Mandans were light-skinned, with eyes hazel, grey and blue, all
colors of hair except auburn and red.Caitlin: North American
Indians: Volume 1: Letter No. 13
Who is to say this story is at least partially correct. That Europeans settled
the Eastern part of North America tens of thousands of years before Columbus.
When the Ice-age pack ice was much further South and the world sea levels
hundreds of feet lower. The evidence of such habitation is probably around the
Grand Banks area off the Eastern Seaboard but now under hundreds of feet of
seawater. The evidence of European genes is also locked up in the genes of
Hudson Bay "Native" Americans. I've also read reports of Blue-eyed
Indians in Tennessee during Colonial times. The complete story of settling of
North America is a still untold.
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