Re: American Indians skin tone and the Vikings

Grant Hughes (
26 Sep 1995 17:04:47 GMT

In article <>, "C:DEMONSPOOLMAIL" <> says:
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> (Thilo Barth) writes:
>> Furthermore don't neglect the possible influence of that Irish
>> monk (Brendan).
>> -tab :-o
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>> Thilo Barth (
>Surely as a Catholic monk Brendan was celibate! Or perhaps I have been misled on the
>practices of the Celtic Church.
>David Chan

This is an interesting thread indeed. I have only encountered limited
references to pre-Columbian genetic influence on Native American

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).

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.

Any cultural or genetic contribution by pre-Columbian Europeans, however,
can be assumed to be minimal.

Does anyone have some concrete sources?