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Native American Legends and DNA

The legend of the ruby-eyed serpent idol

Native American legends cannot normally be accepted as completely factual history. Too many mouths have passed these stories from generation to generation. However, a Cherokee legend and the “Migration Legend of the Creek Indians” provide important information that can assist researchers in a particularly controversial archaeological site.

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DNA scientists claim that Cherokees are from the Middle East

DNA Consulting Inc. is near completion of a comprehensive genetic study of the North Carolina Cherokee Reservation. The project’s original goal was to finally create a DNA test marker for the Cherokees. However, its shocking conclusion is that the Cherokees are a Middle Eastern – North African population. Their primary ancestors were the Iberian Sephardic Jews, who colonized the Southern Highlands in the 1600s. The discovery will invalidate almost everything that North Carolina archaeologists have written about settlement sites in the western part of that state, dating before the late 1600s.

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We know some folks, whose blood pressure is gonna rise!

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.


  1. Source: DNA Consultants, Inc. for one. In fact, I was just exchanging communications with Dr. Don Yates about this matter. Not only do the Cherokees have much higher levels of Semitic, Iberian, North African and Egyptian DNA test markers, but he is also finding high levels of Armenian DNA test markers in some Cherokee family lines. He has found that almost all the lower ranks of soldiers and sailors in the Ottoman Empire’s military forces were Christians! Thus, when Spaniards captured Turkish soldiers and sailors, they could not enslave them because they were Orthodox or Armenian Christians. However, unless the prisoners of war were re-baptized as Roman Catholics, they could not live in Spain. The only option that Spain had was to dump them in the New World.

    The Sephardic Jewish miners and colonists were already in western North Carolina, North Georgia and Eastern Tennessee before the Middle Easterners arrived. There are many eyewitness accounts of their presence in this region. One of my friends on the North Carolina Cherokee Reservation was a member of the prominent Arniche Family. Arniche is a common Sephardic Jewish family name in North Africa and the Middle East.


    Richard I hope this is not to long. I have read this before while researching the melungeons, found the following artical under Turkish galley slaves.

    The first European settlement in the New World was Santa Elena , South Carolina, established by the Spaniards in 1566. Many of the Santa Elena colonists were Berber Muslims and Sephardic Jews, recruited by the Portuguese Captain Joao Pardo from the heavily Berber Galician Mountains of northern Portugal. The colony thrived for more than twenty years until it was overrun by the English in 1587.

    English historian David Beers Quinn postulates that in 1586, after Sir Francis Drake-an English pirate, raided Spanish and Portuguese settlements on the coast of Brazil. Amongst his prisoners were 300 Moorish and Turkish galley slaves, and a smaller number of West African Muslims. When he stopped at Roanoke Island, he found the English colonists of Ralph B Lane had enough of the New World and wanted to go home. To make room for them he took only 100 Turks back to England. Drake left the remainder on the island. These castaways fearing for their safety from the pursuing Spanish or Portuguese they made their way the short distance to the mainland, probably utilizing the small boats left behind by the English. They then steadily moved inland, along the way intermarrying with Native Americans, mostly Powhatan, Pamunkey, Nansemond and Hatters. Within the next decade or so they encountered the remnant of the Santa Elena colony, many of whom shared their Muslim heritage.This is particularly intriguing when one considers that some sixteenth-century Turkish sailors were themselves of central Asian heritage, thus making them literal cousins to the Native Americans they would have encountered, if the purported Bering Strait-migration thesis is to be believed.

    • That would also be some of the ancestry of the Cherokees. However, there were definitely many Sephardic Jewish and Middle Eastern gold miners in North Georgia. The most powerful Creek tribe in NE Georgia in the 1700s was the Bohurons . . . which Moorish, Turkish and Arabic for “nobility.”


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