Kennewick Man Linked To Non-Native American Explorers In Contradiction To Claims Of Tribes and the Corps of Engineers

kennewickmanWe have previously discussed the controversy over Kennewick man, the 9,000 year old skeleton found along the bank of the Columbia River eighteen years ago. Putting aside the fact that the date of the skeleton once again contradicts those who believe that the Earth is only a few thousand years old, it also represented a major scientific find. Scientists stated that the skeleton did not appear to be Native American, but Native American groups insisted that under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) they had a right to take possession of the skeleton and stop any further scientific work at the site. To the astonishment of many (particularly in the academic world), Army Corps of Engineers sided with the tribe and fought to give the non-Native American skeleton to the local tribe and dumped 2 million pounds of dirt and planted several thousand trees on top of Kennewick Man’s burial site to stop further scientific work. Now, the results are in. Kennewick Man is not Native American but the Corps is continuing to defend its absurd position and its obstruction of important scientific work.

Forensic anthropologist Doug Owsley of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History believe that KM was an immigrant who traveled in boats from Polynesia, along the coasts of Japan, Russia, Alaska, Canada and eventually up the Columbia River. There may be more evidence in the area but the Corps has succeeded in destroying what could be unique evidence of the earliest groups in North America. It is the triumph of thoughtless bureaucrats over science.

Scientists had to take the Corps to court and the Corps was criticized by U.S. Magistrate Judge John Jelderks of having “prejudged the outcome” to side with Indian tribes. The Corps and the tribes were proven wrong. However, the Corps is still saying that it acted correctly. Bizarrely, the Corps says that it does not matter if this is not a Native American gravesite under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Jennifer Richman of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated “We are very sensitive to the facts the tribes view the remains as being very significant. The tribes view the remains as their ancestor.” That is quite a subjective standard. It would turn the Act into de facto ownership of any skeleton and accompanying artifacts found in such areas. The tribe was wrong. Its “view” of the KM being an ancestor is baseless. Yet, the Corps would reject all science and logic in barring scientists from working on such critical sites.

Kennewick Man is currently being kept away from the public in Seattle’s Burke Museum — safe from the hands of the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

Source: Smithsonian

97 thoughts on “Kennewick Man Linked To Non-Native American Explorers In Contradiction To Claims Of Tribes and the Corps of Engineers”

  1. Arguing with the reading comprehension challenged and the deliberately obtuse. 🙁

    The scientists never said that Kennewick Man was “FROM” Polynesia. The contention is that the morphology is similar to the Caucasoid types from prehistoric remains and fossils found in many areas, including Polynesia. This is a type of people that was “widely spread” in the Pacific Rim, South East Asia and in other areas in that geographic area during a period from before and during the last Ice Age. In addition remnant populations such as the Ainu and a group of now extinct Polynesians killed by recent genocide, closely resemble the morphology.

    I’m done with stupid people.

    1. DBQ – could not agree with you more about the reading ability of some of our commentors.

      1. Paul C. Schulte – But Paul – I truly try sooo hard to unnerstan these thins 🙂 duhhhh

  2. Anthropologist’s book details painful life of ‘Kennewick Man’ using 8,000-year-old remains

    By examining the complete skeleton of Kennewick Man, Owsley told his audience that the 5-foot-8-inch, 161-pound man was likely of Mongolian descent and hunted seals and salmon to survive and wielded a spear to throw like a javelin. He found that the man lived a painful life with a spear head embedded in his hip, five fractured ribs and an injury to his throwing shoulder that is seen in Major League Baseball pitchers.

  3. Squeeky,

    I read the source that Jonathan used for his post–as well as a number of other articles on the subject. I even provided links to a some of them. I believe in keeping my mind open to new findings. One article written about a theory regarding the Kennewick Man isn’t sufficient to convince me that theory is correct/settled science. The theory may be correct. That remains to be seen.

  4. Across Atlantic Ice was a great read. It will be interesting to see if early North American man came from France and Spain. Won’t fit with the PC BS of the Corps of Engineers.

  5. Yah. But I can do my best to shove his farking head under the water until he either drinks or drowns.

  6. @Elaine

    That is because I read the stuff at the provided links above in the story. This is from page 2:

    As work progressed, a portrait of Kennewick Man emerged. He does not belong to any living human population. Who, then, are his closest living relatives? Judging from the shape of his skull and bones, his closest living relatives appear to be the Moriori people of the Chatham Islands, a remote archipelago 420 miles southeast of New Zealand, as well as the mysterious Ainu people of Japan.

    “Just think of Polynesians,” said Owsley.

    Not that Kennewick Man himself was Polynesian. This is not Kon-Tiki in reverse; humans had not reached the Pacific Islands in his time period. Rather, he was descended from the same group of people who would later spread out over the Pacific and give rise to modern-day Polynesians. These people were maritime hunter-gatherers of the north Pacific coast; among them were the ancient Jōmon, the original inhabitants of the Japanese Islands. The present-day Ainu people of Japan are thought to be descendants of the Jōmon. Nineteenth-century photographs of the Ainu show individuals with light skin, heavy beards and sometimes light-colored eyes.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  7. DBQ,

    There are Native Americans tribes from the Pacific Northwest, Western Canada, and Alaska.</

    …..and????? Does this obvious statement have a point?

  8. Forensic anthropologist Doug Owsley of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History believe that KM was an immigrant who traveled in boats from Polynesia, along the coasts of Japan, Russia, Alaska, Canada and eventually up the Columbia River.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  9. “Kennewick Man could not have been a longtime resident of the area where he was found, but instead lived most of his adult life somewhere along the Northwest and North Pacific coast where marine mammals were readily available,” the concluding chapter of the book states.

    From your link. Likely due to the chemical composition and minerals in the bones. This would seem to disprove the claims of the Kennewick Indians.

    You seem to be demanding proof that people claim that Kennewick man was Polynesian. That has not been claimed by scientists. Caucasoid traits yes. Not Polynesian necessarily.

    I’m looking forward to reading the book and have put it on my Amazon wish list.

  10. There is a controversy or argument if you will in the anthropology area about whether Australoid should be segregated as its own morphology or as a subset of Caucasoid. That is also still up in the air.

    Again. This all has to do with the structure of the bones and other physical characteristics and nothing to do with skin color which is meaningless.

    Anthropologists really like to argue with each other 🙂


    Deborah A. Bolnick, an anthropological geneticist at the University of Texas, said that all Native Americans studied so far show markers, in their mitochondrial DNA, of a common ancestry with people who lived in Beringia. She said it is therefore reasonable to suppose that Kennewick Man is also descended from that population.

    Genetic testing on Kennewick Man is being conducted in Denmark, and those results are eagerly awaited and could alter the scientific narrative yet again.

  12. Elaine. I don’t believe that any of the experts have claimed that. Polynesian.

    They have expressed that the skeleton has Caucasoid features

    It may come as a surprise that the Kennewick Man is not the only, nor even the oldest human skeletal material we’ve recovered from the American continents. Indeed, there have been several, and somewhere in the range of seven to twelve of them dating between 8,000-11,000 years BP are adequately complete to allow full description. These include individuals from the Spirit Cave and Wizards Beach sites in Nevada; Hourglass Cave and Gordon’s Creek in Colorado; the Buhl Burial from Idaho; and some others from Texas, California, and Minnesota, in addition to the Kennewick Man materials. All of them, in varying degrees, have traits that are not necessarily what we think of as “Native American;” some of these, like Kennewick, have been tentatively identified as “Caucasoid.”

    I suggest you read the link and the other parts of the articles to understand what the terms we are using actually mean.

    The Ainu in Japan, Australian Aborigines, many groups from the continent in India (especially in the southern area) are considered Caucasoid as well as many of the Polynesian groups are Caucasoid.

    Caucasoid does not mean Caucasian. Physical Anthropology, deals with the bones since often that is all they have to work with. Kennewick Man’s bones and skull fall within the range of Caucasoid as opposed to Mongoloid, which is the typical morphology of many current Indian tribes who seem to derive from the Siberian types who came LATER over the Bering Strait. Or perhaps they arrived at the same time but by different routes. One by land….the other by sea.

    four major geographic variations are Mongoloid (generally considered northeastern Asia), Australoid (Australia and perhaps southeast Asia), Caucasoid (western Asia, Europe and northern Africa), and Negroid or African (sub-Saharan Africa).

    You are arguing against something that no scientist/anthropologist has postulated.

    BTW: this was my major in college. 🙂

    1. Squeeky – speaking of that, have you seen the number of private air miles the Clintons logged to support Democratic candidates?

  13. Sooo, I guess we are still not sure if Kenny is a redskin or not??? Hmmm, that seems like Irish Poem material!

    Red Skeleton???
    A Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    A skeleton that we’ll call “Kenny”
    Had his bones analyzed! Here’s the skinny:
    He was Polynesian
    A theory un-pleasin’,
    Which of, redskins aren’t having any!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

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