Prehistoric Human Migrations, Language Groups, Jim Thorpe
Recently a discussion about the new Jim Thorpe movie and the level of participation from across a spectrum of Native American contributors triggered some curiosity.
The timing of this discussion surfaced some thoughts related to recent reading and research of "prehistoric" humans. Specifically, the human migrations into North America across the Bering Land Bridge from Asia.
I wonder during these commonly acknowledged migrations into North America, how close or separate the migrating peoples were?
Cut to the chase:
In the "Old Country" the concept of Indo-European languages is well established and accepted. This concept has been used to prove relationships and commonalities among what appear to be different cultures and people.
The same thing exists among the Native Peoples in the Americas today. There are language groups that show relationships among Native Peoples here.
Some may think it is good to see distant relationships coming back together in activities such as the Jim Thorpe movie. Even relationships without any recognizable language association in this case.
Yet outliers exist. Such as in Europe the Fins are distinctly different than others in the geographic region in which they settled. Others similar to them are geographically distant.
These situations easily fill the mind with questions, such as the one asked earlier: "I wonder during these commonly acknowledged migrations into North America, how close or separate the migrating peoples were?"
Then again, like the Fins, how did distinctly unique groups wind up in the midst of others (The Trail of Tears doesn't count here).
Present separate groups with languages derived from common root languages have their language source in common.
How did that happen?
Are these cases of single homogeneous groups dispersing over time? Or maybe cases of independent groups banding together for periods of time out of necessity for survival? Or a combination of both?
Then one wonders what did these early people find here?