Do you have questions for a Finnish anthropologist-linguist?
Many POOF subscribers with Uchee, Creek and Cherokee heritage are showing up with Finnish DNA. I found out this morning that “Forest Finn” DNA is also showing up in people with indigenous heritage from northern Mexico. I have been contacted by the hosts for a Finnish professor, who will be vacationing in the Nacoochee Valley next week. She wants to meet over dinner in Helen to discuss the research I am doing . . . but I probably have a lot more questions for her. If there is something that you would like me to ask her, please write a comment to this article.
Well, I will have to be careful with my extremely limited knowledge of Finnish. Over a decade ago, I heard two young blond ladies speaking Finnish as they were doling out ice cream at a barbecue restaurant in Cherokee, NC. I told them “hey, how are you?” in Finnish as I got my ice cream. The next thing I knew, a big, burly Russian Mafia godfather rolled up in a black Lincoln Continental, followed by four Cherokee Tribal Police SWAT squad vehicles. None of the officers looked the least bit Native American. They were going to arrest me for disorderly conduct until I pointed out that I was acting president of the Georgia Trail of Tears Association and a card-carrying Creek. They then told me to get off the reservation as soon as I finished my ice cream and never to come back.
Afterward, my Colombian waitress explained in Spanish that the two girls were from Estonia and among the 1200+ workers in Cherokee with fake student visas. These two also had fake Russian passports. (Estonians speak a dialect of Finnish.) The girls thought that I was a spy from the CIA or the Immigration and Naturalization Service since no one in the rural Southeast could possibly know any Finnish.
And now you know!
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