Glooscap: The Bering Strait Theory
A fork in the road for the Bering Strait theory appeared in the skeletal remains of an ancient Aboriginal man that is commonly referred to as the Kennewick man. Another very controversial topic in the Aboriginal communities, this theory revolves around one of the oldest skeletons found in North America, dated to be a 9,300-year-old skeleton (Middle Tennessee State University, 2006, para. 2). Native American tribes formed a coalition to take back this skeleton as it was part of a sacred burial, in 2005, however eight scientists filed a federal level lawsuit in order to keep the skeleton for further study (para. 6). From the studies so far conducted on the Kennewick man, scientists have found that he does not resemble a Native American from that time, or anytime for that matter, and according to Dr. Hugh Berryman, Kennewick’s facial features more closely resemble a Japanese group called the Ainu. It’s important to note that the Ainu share a different genetic and cultural background than the ethnic japanese (para. 9). All of that considered, it is not without opposition in the science community either. In 2015, new DNA evidence may suggest that the Kennewick man is actually quite similar to a Native American tribe in Washington State (“DNA From Ancient Skeleton,” 2015, para. 4). The Colville tribe donated DNA for the work, and the analysis of both samples showed a striking resemblance between the man and the tribe (para. 12), though Doug Owlsley, division head for physical anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, says “The results do not tie Kennewick man exclusively to the Colville… [he is] a traveller… His people were coming from somewhere else.” (para.