Monday, April 20, 2009

"Ly-o-lay-ale-loya," Native American Song.


“Native Americans.” "First Peoples" who occupied North America before the arrival of the Europeans in the 15th century. They have long been known as Indians because of the belief prevalent at the time of Columbus that the Americas were the outer reaches of the Indies (i.e., the East Indies). Most scholars agree that Native Americans came into the Western Hemisphere from Asia via the Bering Strait in a series of migrations. From Alaska they spread east and south. The several waves of migration are said to account for the many native linguistic families while the common origin is used to explain the physical characteristics that Native Americans have in common (though with considerable variation )Mongoloid features, coarse, straight black hair, dark eyes, sparse body hair, and a skin color ranging from yellow-brown to reddish brown. Many scholars accept evidence of Native American existence in the Americas back more than 25,000 years. In pre-Columbian times (prior to 1492) the Native American population of the area north of Mexico is estimated to have been between one and two million. From prehistoric times until recent historic times there were roughly six major cultural areas, excluding that of the Arctic, i.e., Northwest Coast, Plains, Plateau, Eastern Woodlands, Northern, and Southwest.”- YouTube

5 comments:

  1. I am really interested in Mongolia and the connections with the native Americans. Actually I am really interested in the Indigenous wisdom of shamanic cultures.. when I was reading your other post about the dog burials I was reminded of this- this is from NOVA about past broadcasts-
    Siberian Ice Maiden
    The Siberian Ice Maiden, discovered in the Pastures of Heaven, on the high Steppes, is believed to have been a shamaness of the lost Pazyryk culture. She had been mummified and then frozen by freak climatic conditions around 2400 years ago, along with six decorated horses and a symbolic meal for her last journey. Her body was covered with vivid blue tattoos of mythical animal figures. Together with the newly discovered body of a man, nicknamed "Conan," her body has now been restored, and is providing new clues to the role and power of women in the nomadic peoples of ancient Siberia.
    Original broadcast date: 11/24/98
    Topic: archaeology..
    I never saw this but I have seen pictures of her, I remember her being found in 93 and getting excited about it.

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  2. Hi Spiral Dancer, thanks for posting. I'll check this Ice Maiden material out, look for a post soon.
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I am of Penobscot Algaquin heritage and would like to find out more about the culture. Can you where would be the best place to start?

    Thank you,

    Marian

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  4. I am of Penobscot Algaquin heritage and would like to find out more about the culture. Can you where would be the best place to start?

    Thank you,

    Marian

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  5. I am of the Cherokee heritage and was also wondering where I might find the best information about this tribe?

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