Re: American Indians skin tone and the Vikings

Grant Hughes (
30 Sep 1995 12:11:25 GMT

In article <44bn7f$>, (Peter/Stephen Sjolander ) says:
>>I remember reading of early (supposed initial contacts) with groups
>>such as the Mandan who had members with "European" features, i.e.
>>light eyes, fair hair and paler skin. There have also been attempts
>>to correlate certain Indiginous words to Old Norse. I remember the
>>specific title of "The Norse-Mandan Dictionary" (rather provocative).
>I have never heard of this Dictionary. Do you have any more
>information about it?

Sorry, I only remember noting it in some bibliography. But that was
long ago and I don't remember where it was.

>>Some have claimed the well-known Mandan rites of passage to have
>stemmed from
>>emulation of the Crucifiction. If this is the case, it certainly did
>>not come from the colonies (not disputed) of the Vikings who were then
>>still pagans.
>The peak of the Viking activity in Vinland was around the year 1000.
>This was also about the time that Christanity was introduced to the

When you say "the peak of activity" you are implying and increase and
decline of activity. The archeological evidence is sparce at best and
the litero-historical evidence describes a virtual one-time event

>>Any cultural or genetic contribution by pre-Columbian Europeans,
>>can be assumed to be minimal.
>>Does anyone have some concrete sources?
>Ever heard of the Kensington Rune stone?

Peter, haven't we had this conversation before? The Kensington Stone
is widely (almost exclusively) considered a hoax. Besides, the Kensington
Stone isn't a concrete source....I believe it is a chunck of Precambrian
Shield stone. :)