Recent discoveries of a fluff of white hair in Greenland indicate the original inhabitants of the area were not Inuits or Indians, but people who migrated from the Aleutian islands. Due to modern technoloy it is now possible to trace back the hair and make the linkage to inhabitants of the Aleutian islands. The use of DNA is enabling scientists to rewrite the history of pre-Columbian history. A study conducted in Oregon a few months ago revealed evidence the Americas were populated 1000 years before the ancestors of modern Native Americans arrived. Scientists will shortly use the fluff of hair to complete a DNA profile of the person whose hair was found.
These scientific discoveries raise questions to those who use expressions such as “Native Americans” since it is now most likely those termedd “Native” were really immigrants who took over land belonging to others. Perhaps, it is more approp;riate to use expressions such as Sioux or Apache or Aztec of Inca.