Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis


Duh... Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis: the first peoples in the Americas were not from Europe

First, in addition to the scientific problems with the Solutrean hypothesis which I’ll discuss shortly, it’s important to note that it has overt political and cultural implications in denying that Native Americans are the only indigenous peoples of the continents. The notion that the ancestors of Native Americans were not the first or only people on the continent has great popularity among white nationalists, who see it as a means of denying Native Americans an ancestral claim on their land. Indeed, although this particular iteration is new, the idea behind the Solutrean hypothesis is part of a long tradition of Europeans trying to insert themselves into American prehistory; justifying colonialism by claiming that Native Americans were not capable of creating the diverse and sophisticated material culture of the Americas.
and in some states the pre-Colonial material culture is displayed in Natural History museums next to stuffed birds and butterflies.

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