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One of our readers, E. S. Bailey, sent us this statement on the occasion of the first newsletter. We are putting it into Panther’s Blog unaltered, in its entirety.
I have known Donald and Teresa Yates since early 2011. Having used one of their informative DNA testing services, DNAConsultants.com, for various tests, and having read and liked Donald Yates’s books “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” and “Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America” (co-authored with Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman), and as well having talked in person, and by phone and email, with Donald and Teresa, I have found their intellectual efforts to be stimulating, well-researched, and valuable. I look forward to the release, scheduled for this summer, of Donald’s new book (also co-authored with Hirschman) about early Jews and Muslims in England and Wales.
My insight into my own family ancestry has thus been pleasurably expanded. The DNA tests, of myself and family members, have revealed markers of Mediterranean, Sinti and Near Eastern ancestry, including probable Sephardic Jewish ancestry, and Native American ancestry as well.
This new information has exploded the image of my family tree portrayed to me as a boy as one with purely northern European roots. A subsequent review of family naming practices and other information in my well-researched early American ancestry going back to 1638 in Massachusetts, has convinced me that the picture I have had of my personal genetic inheritance is fascinatingly flawed. My understanding—gained through years of public K-12 and college education—of the historical facts of the movement of peoples into and out of England and other European nations, as well the Americas, seems to have been incomplete.
I anticipate researching my indicated Native American ancestry on this site, so as to explore more of what I consider to be the admirably positive and enlightening aspects of Native American spiritual practice. The standard facts that we have been presented of the pre-colonial settling of the Americas seem simplified and selectively edited. Omitted is explanation of the extensive mounds near the Great Lakes, the unusual artifacts found, the language and cultural similarities between tribes such as the Cherokee and ancient Mediterranean civilizations, and the recorded eye-witness first impressions by early European settlers, of the yet undisturbed Native American cultures and peoples they encountered—impressions which do not jive with the depiction of Native Americans as ignorant savages.
Many generations later, in far off coastal Washington State, while quite young, I personally encountered these same negative attitudes about Native American peoples and culture. While being schooled with Native American youth from a nearby Indian reservation, and observing the palpable disrespect shown them by the power possessors in the education system and elsewhere in the white culture of which I was supposedly a member, I did not feel entirely comfortable. These matters of the truth of Native American history and culture seem to be explored in detail here on this site, in books by Donald Yates and others, books which I have not yet read thoroughly, yet through some perusal lead me to suspect that a somewhat similar bogus history of the early pre-colonial settling of the Americas has been promoted in our culture, like what I have come to view as the inaccurate history of the colonial period of the Americas discussed above.
As a result of discovering Donald and Teresa Yates and associates as an information source, my old genetic view of myself has been stood on its head. I applaud. Hurrah for original and courageous true scholarship. If your goal is the truth of your genetic and genealogical past, then I recommend that you try getting some here.
Here is the earliest and most authoritative version of the story of the origins and migrations of the Cherokee people, as recounted by a noted member of the Keetoowah Society and published in the Indian…