BBC 5 part documentary: The Story of the Polynesians
This is the most comprehensive and scientific TV series that I have found on Polynesia. It is an excellent replacement for the network TV trolling. The program lasts for about five hours, so it will entertain you for several days.
When I was on the fellowship in Mexico, Mexican anthropologists, without hesitation, taught me that Baja California was occupied by Polynesians. Gringo archaeologists then poo-pooed them, but low and behold in the last few years, they have discovered that the “Indians” of southern California and the Channel Islands (such as Santa Catalina) were Polynesians, not American Indians from Siberia. During the past two decades, Mexican anthropologists have become convinced that Proto-Polynesians were the first people in Mexico, arriving around 30,000-22,000 years ago at the peak of the last Ice Age, perhaps earlier. They became the ancestors of the Zoque, who were the elite of the Olmec Civilization, but were also were partial ancestors of the Totonacs, Huastacs and Itzas of Mesoamerica and the Panoan Peoples of South America. Most of the indigenous ethnic groups, they believe, came much later from Siberia.
Several branches of the Creek Confederacy originated in the region when the Olmec Civilization rose. Indeed, even today, Muskogee Creek shares several basic words with the Maori Polynesians. So, if your DNA test showed up with some Polynesian or Southeast Asian DNA (mined did) it was no fluke.
Hope you enjoy the program!
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