– Is it possible that Native Americans are closely related to the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?
Native American Chief Joseph Riverwind of Northern Arawak Nation has put forward a controversial theory some think is worth closer investigation. The Amahura war chief is convinced the two nations have very much in common and he points out several striking similarities between their religion, customs and ancient history.
Chief Riverwind, is a descendant of Native Americans and Bnei Anousim, Jews who were forced to hide or forced convert to Catholicism during the 14th and 15th century.
In an interview with breaking Israel News, Chief Riverwind made it clear there is no doubt in his mind Native Americans and Jews have more in common than most realize.
Though the etymological similarities may be coincidental Chief Riverwind thinks Native American creation stories also resemble certain Biblical accounts.
The story of the Great Flood and Noah is one example. A Choctaw story tells how the Creator came to a man called Nuah and told him the world would be covered with water. The man was told to make a great raft to save mankind. The stories come from oral traditions which date to pre-Columbian times.
As Chief Riverwind explained, the Anishnabi (Chippewa) believe they are from the Tribe of Ephraim.
Chief Riverwind’s linking Native Americans to the Ten Lost tribes goes against the most common accepted theory that states Native Americans are descended from Siberian Mongolians who migrated to North America via the Bering Strait, a 50-mile-wide gap that separates Alaska from Russia.
There is of course still debate over exactly when and how many times the ancestors of present-day Native Americans entered the New World from Siberia.
In one of the most comprehensive studies of the genetic prehistory of the Americas to date, scientists demonstrated that all Native Americans, including the major sub-groups of Amerindians and Athabascans, descend from the same migration wave into the Americas.
Another intriguing study shows that Northern Europeans are closely related to Native Americans.
According to Nick Patterson, first author of the science report, published in the Genetics Society of America’s journal Genetics.
Over the years, many theories have been presented and there are still scientists who debate the origin of Native Americans.
Chief Riverwind’s theory is interesting, but of course controversial. However, there are those who subscribe to the theory. Roni Segal, the academic adviser for eTeacher, an online language academy, was fascinated by the possible connection. “Paleo-Hebrew dates back to the tenth century BCE. The language itself is a key to many ancient mysteries,” she told Breaking Israel News.
Perhaps the ancient Native American connection with the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel is a theory that deserves more investigation.