The B.S. (Bering Strait) Myth
By John Two-Hawks
The Bering Strait Theory was made to make colonialism seem less like exploitation.
Theories regarding the human settlement of the Americas are, or at least should be, formed for knowledge’s sake. Whether it was used to justify something, or whether it soothed the troubled mind of some person looking to justify some atrocious act they did should be secondary in importance to our pursuit of understanding where we come from, to try to frame it in this way, with a disregard for actual data and relying more on ancient human tradition, is a dangerous approach. They may have counted some 33,120+ winters, but I will remind everyone that the book of Genesis suggests that Adam lived for nearly 1,000 years. Ancient records cannot always be taken at face value, and must be investigated further before we use them as a basis for our arguments.
I am not attempting to say that what we did to Native Americans was okay in any way shape or form, because it most certainly was not, but we shouldn’t advertise this brand of misinformation. The calendars of the Mohawk Indians should be used as a starting point for critical investigation, to take another look at our data, and decide on a scientifically sound date for the migration. They should not be used as a replacement for scientific inquiry. The moment we begin to look at these matters as subjective rather than objective, to disregard well-established scientific consensus in favor of furthering an agenda, we fall into the same patterns that the above quote is scared of: twisting the science and the data to meet our own goals. This is what may have happened before during the use of the Bering Strait theory to justify actions against the Native American populations, and has certainly been done in other circumstances, and I would be distraught if we were unable to learn from our mistakes.
As for the Bering Strait theory, I encourage everyone to look critically at the data. For the genuinely curious, those wikipedia articles should only be considered a starting point. Science is advanced by people questioning what is already established, so always ask questions, and be open to an answer that may force you to re-evaluate your own beliefs.