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Researchers prove that Vikings were descendants of Cherokees

Researchers prove that Vikings were descendants of Cherokees

An upcoming blockbuster special on PBS explores the revolutionary discoveries made by a new generation of archaeologists and historians that completely change our understanding of the past.  In the documentary, ” Kituwah Sagas . . . the Cherokee settlement of Scandinavia,”   PBS film crews followed archaeologists in the field, plus historians on the computer and in museums as they solve one mystery after another.  It is an exciting screen adventure.

Sandy Mush, North Carolina – Within the spacious offices of the Cherokee Sacred Places Archaeological Trust, in a beautiful mountain valley just west of Asheville,   Dr. Thelma Youngblood, the organization’s Executive Director,  lingers over a map of eastern North America, the North Atlantic Ocean and Western Europe.  She looks up to speak to me, “All archaeologists agree that we Cherokees are the Principal People, you know . . . the first humans,  the inventors of Indian mounds, pottery, agriculture and Spandex . . . yet no one could solve the Oklahoma-Scandinavia question.  It was obvious that several million dollars of casino profits would have to be distributed to qualified academicians, who are willing to say what we tell them to say, in order to solve this riddle.”

Great North Carolina Cherokees performing Great Sacred Cherokee Dances to honor their Great Chiefs and Great Warriors buried in the agricultural terraces at Track Rock Gap.

Great North Carolina Cherokees performing Great Sacred Cherokee Dances to honor their Great Chiefs  buried at Track Rock Gap, Georgia.

Indeed, it was a riddle and the source of many bitter arguments at academic conferences.  For over almost two centuries,  scientists have been unable to explain why Scandinavians look like most Oklahoma Cherokees.   The Great Cherokees were obviously walking the earth thousands of years before Scandinavians,  but Eurocentric scholars refused to admit that Cherokee explorers could have reached Europe before 1000 AD.   This was the time period when the Great Cherokees were building Ocmulgee Mounds and Etowah Mounds, plus the Track Rock Gap Terraces in Georgia as burial places for the great chiefs and great warriors . . . oh, and also as 300+ platforms for performing Great Cherokee Ceremonial Dances for future tourists, while wearing Sioux war bonnets.


If the name, Thelma Youngblood, sounds familiar, she is the brilliant anthropologist, who in 1998 discovered that the Cherokees invented glass.  While writing a two page term paper for her GED class on “How the Cherokees Invented Stallings Island Pottery Without Being There,” she looked up the word, vitrification, in a dictionary.  She didn’t understand the encyclopedia’s explanation of how clay became ceramics. 

When Dr. Youngblood read that vitrification means “to turn into glass” she reasoned that if the Cherokees turned clay into glass to make the first pottery,  they obviously already knew how to make glass.  Because of her brilliant deductive thinking that vastly exceeded that of most Tar Heel archaeologists,  the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill declared the term paper to be a dissertation and she was awarded a PhD in Native American Studies with oak leaf clusters. 

The most backward and obstinate academicians refused to admit that Cherokee explorers crossed the Atlantic at all.  They insisted that the Scandinavians evolved Oklahoma Cherokee features independently through natural selection and genetic mutation.

Dr. Youngblood also faced opposition from the full-blood Cherokees on her board.  In particular,  Adam Cohen, Sylvia Blicksilver, David Lerner and Ruth Weizenberg initially refused to approve a penny for research in geographical regions outside the traditional boundaries of the Great Cherokee Nation, which includes Israel, North Africa, Iberia, Turkey, Egypt, Siberia, North American and South America.  Without their votes, the 3/4ths majority required for funds disbursement was impossible.

However, over time the four member opposition began to see that being the Principal People, their domain really was the whole world.  In November 2012,  the board voted unanimously to award a contract to non-Cherokee archaeologist, Gilbert Kuykendall, Esq. to create a map that showed all Cherokee mounds in the world.

Scientific research solves the mystery

Dr. Kuykendall’s methodology was highly sophisticated and followed traditional Cherokee standards for fiscal integrity. It is the Cherokee belief that no human remains or artifacts should be disturbed, because they might conflict with official Cherokee history.  Therefore, the archaeologist rented a ground radar unit from Aaron’s Rent-A-Dig in Malmo, Sweden and went to work.

Kuykendall googled “mounds” on his laptop computer and looked for pretty pictures.  His favorite picture happened to be in the Province of Skåne.  It was the oldest mound in Southern Sweden.  He emailed the local mayor,  Tycho Brahe,  and offered to create a Swiss bank account in the mayor’s name for the amount of $5,000 Euros, if allowed examine the mound with underground radar.   That agreed upon,  Kuykendall used his ground radar one morning until he saw a skeleton.  He declared the image to be of the oldest known, Great Cherokee chief and then took the train across the Oresund Bridge to Copenhagen.  There, he picked up a hot Danish archaeologist and spent the weekend with her at Tivoli Gardens . . . plus elsewhere.

By Great Cherokee Law,  any archaeological site that is examined by an archaeologist being paid by casino profits becomes a Sacred Cherokee Site.   Thereafter, no other archaeologist can touch it.  The Great Cherokee Nation notified  Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus, Kung av Sverige, Hertig av Jämtland och Arl av Lappland, that the Kuykendall Mound in Sweden was now territory of the Great Cherokee Nation.

The scientific riddle was solved.  Great Cherokee explorers sailed to Scandinavia around 2,200 BC and founded a great city called Borstahusen.   It is an ancient Cherokee word, whose meaning has been lost.  The descendants of those brave explorers became the Scandinavians.

Proving that the Scandinavian Cherokees returned home

The last missing piece of the puzzle was solved in February of 2016.  Archaeologists funded by the Cherokee Sacred Places Archaeological Trust were in Manteo Island, NC  . . . digging on the grounds of the now-demolished home of beloved North Carolina comedian,  Andrew Jackson Griffith.   They were hoping to find proof that despite his name, Andy Griffith was really a Cherokee, so he could be prayed into Cherokee Heaven.

VikingGlassLogoThe climax of the TV documentary occurs when an archaeologist suddenly unearths an ornate glass vase.  She looks on the bottom and sees the logo of the Viking Glass Company.  The Cherokee Vikings had landed on Manteo Island, North Carolina and Andy Griffith was their descendant!

Further archival research by the brilliant scholars of the Cherokee Sacred Places Archaeological Trust determined that the Scandinavian Cherokees eventually moved to present day West Virginia, which is known Cherokee ancestral territory.  The proof was in an old advertisement from a century ago.



Shezam,  shezam, shezam   😉 



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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.



    BS!! I can tell you what happened from my own DNA map. My parental ancestor that arrived on Staten Island from the Netherlands had DNA close to that of the North American Natives (dare I say American Indians). What happened in eons past is that one branch of my ancetors traveled west to Europe and another branch went east to North America. This likely happened somewhere north of the Caspian Sea – where we will never know.

    The same applies to the Vikings and the Cherokees.

    I have some Cherokee or Creek ancestory in my materinal DNA but I am postive from my genealogical research that there are no Native Americans in my paterinal line.

    So, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!


    When will pbs show this documentary?


        I almost spit out my coffee when I saw the Reese Witherspoon reference. Hilarious.


    hahaha! I already fell for an April Fool’s joke today, Richard!!! Good try!!! Funny, though!!!


    Interesting. The Cherokee are comparatively new to Earth having arrived about 5,000 years ago. They formed an alliance with the Algonkians among others and traveled quite a bit. One of their [mostly extinct] dialects is Kittawa used to communicate with Algonkians.

    • Which is interesting since Kituwa is Alabamu word, meaning sacred fire.


    Wow Richard you would need a oil tanker of chlorine to clear that gene pool ????????????


    Too funny!! Just wish more could enjoy wit!


    Ohhh, man, you had me going there for awhile until Viking Glass. Then I checked the date. Good one!


    A very well written article indeed worthy of a P H D. I have to say that it must have been a labor of love. Also, good thing that casino profits were involved since to cross the oceans several times would require a good deal of money. Who said there was no royalty in our ranks, that is one of the most beautiful princess that I’ve seen. That she has a distinct likeness to Reese Witherspoon is amazing, just further proof of the Scandanavian connection. Kudos to the writer and don’t be taken back that many people seem to think it’s related to April Fools Day . Just an extreme coincidence.

    • LOL What? How could people think that such serious, well-researched article could be related to April Fools Day?

      I am shocked!


    I’m glad to know it is an April Fool’s day joke. It got pretty wild especially the hot Danish and going to Tivoli Gardens while in Sweden. However—-I’m dark as all get out and I have a blond, blue-eyed sister so the picture of the typical Cherokee princess in Oklahoma is possible. I’m not saying I have Indian ancestry. I know how native people hate it.


      My father’s family has roots in South GA and North FL. As far as I know, they are all white. The only family stories are Jewish ancestry. My mother is the one with Indian ancestry. That part of my family is from around Fort Payne, Alabama. I have three great-grandparents who may have had Indian ancestry. They range from 3/4, 1/2 to 1/4. One grandmother I thought was Irish had a grandmother who was an old settler with the Cherokee with her Irish husband. The other grandfather, I am guessing was Delaware by where he and his family were located. My other grandfather had a mother who was very beautiful with coal black hair and eyes. She very possibly could have been Creek. It would take a DNA test to know and I don’t think they are that accurate.
      People don’t believe there was no prejudice to having Indian blood in that area in that most people did. Looking back, I imagine people did have prejudice but folks had to get on with their lives and not worry where they were pigeonholed. I had my eyes opened with a negative reaction on a Native American Facebook page. I did not understand how strong the passion was. But I understood it. So I appreciate your considering my ancestry. I am what they call a “kickback”. As a kid and young adult, I decided to be proud of it and not try to pass it off as Italian, etc. However, I am sensitive to people who are enrolled in a tribe as being culturally and legally Indian. I don’t consider myself Indian no more than I consider myself European.
      In short, I enjoy archaeology and PreColumbian history. You are right about the interconnections of the different Indian nations. There is a stretch of chromosomes found in all Native American groups of North and South America which indicates a common group of ancestors.

      • Hey Ann

        The Fort Payne area was originally Chickasaw then combined Chickasaw and their Creek allies. Apparently, there were a lot of Jewish miners in the area during the 1600s and early 1700s. The wife of James Adair was half Chickasaw and half Jewish. She grew up where New Echota is now in NW Georgia, east of Fort Payne. The Cherokees moved into that area after the American Revolution. Most were Chickamauga Cherokees, who wanted to put distance between themselves and the whites in Tennessee . . . who were out for revenge. There is also the problem in identifying ancestors there because many Jews called themselves Cherokees. Hard call to make.


    A study of my DNA shows me from the regions of Europe. The story puts us from N Carolina and Georgia then Oklahoma. Family of Cherokee. Would the DNA from those regions e similar to European?


    Half way through the article I was hoping it was an April Fool’s joke, and a good one.

    • Debra, it was an April Fools joke, but now the joke is somewhat on me. Eleven months later I was astonished to see Bronze Age Scandinavian ships on the Tugaloo Stone near Toccoa, GA. Then I asked assistance from an archaeology department in a Swedish university. (Jag taler Svenska!) I asked them if they had a chart that translated Scandinavian Bronze Age petroglyphs. What they sent back to me were symbols that were identical to those on most of the petroglyphic boulders in North Georgia. Of course, the Cherokees didn’t carve those symbols, but I never dreamed in a million years that there was a cultural connection between where I grew up (North Georgia) and where I worked after graduation from Georgia Tech (Skana province of Sweden.) Life is indeed a box of chocolates.


    I really, really wish you wouldn’t post false information even if it is an April Fool’s joke. The Cherokee people have enough problems with identity without someone adding fuel to the fire. People researching their family history have a difficult enough time sorting fact from fiction without someone posting made up stuff.

    • The jokes on me. Since that article was written, I have discovered that the Uchee are from Scandinavia and that the Cherokee suffix for people or tribe, gi, is the Irish Gaelic word for “people or tribe.” That being said though, the North Carolina Cherokees have done some outrageous things, including criminal acts, in attempts to steal other people’s history. They now claim that the “Aztecs and Mayas are descended from the Cherokees” and that the Cherokees were the first people to cultivate corn, beans and squash.


    What a CROCK!


    Actually, the Council of Three Fires (Potawatomi, Odawa, Ojibwe) describe in their written accounts that around 1000 years ago, when they lived in the vicinity of the mouth of the Saint Lawrence on the East Coast, that they encountered light-skinned people coming out of the Atlantic, and that they had ambivalent relations with them (initially with fighting, later mostly positive). They were told that they should move west, before more were coming; and it was for this reason that they migrated toward the Great Lakes area.

    There is Native American lineage in the mtDNA of some people in Iceland that is known to predate the 1700’s and is very likely lineage from a Viking-Indian couple that married and moved back to Iceland.

    • Everything you say is absolutely true. Of course, this article was an April Fools Joke. The joke was on me. I couple of years later, I realized that most of the petroglyphs in the Georgia Gold Belt are identical to those in southern Sweden and southwestern Ireland. Of course, the descendants of those Bronze Age immigrants would be Uchee, Creeks and Chickasaw, not Cherokees.


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