“In the world today, there is a common held belief that thousands of years ago, as the world counts time, Mongolian nomads crossed a land bridge to enter the Western Hemisphere, and became the people known as the American Indians. There is, it can be said, some scanty evidence to support the myth of the land bridge. But there is enormous wealth of proof that the other truths are all valid”
(Holm and Reid 1976, 7).
“unless and until ‘Indians” are in some way connected with world history as early peoples… we will never be accorded full humanity” (Deloria 1992, 597).
“My parents told me that what the movies and history books said about Indians wasn’t necessarily so. This was the greatest gift they could have given me” (Buffy St Marie 1968).
“Archaeologists are acutely aware of the possible implications of the earlier peopling of the Americas, which reflects on contemporary issues of identity, ancestry, and ownership of the past and present” (Meltzer 2009, xiv).
This site presents a data base which is focused on decolonizing the ancient history of the Western Hemisphere (the Americas) . Hundreds of ancient sites which date to earlier than 11,000 to 12,000 years before present have been documented and published, yet this knowledge remains hidden form the general public and is ignored in knowledge production. The above quotes highlight the reasons this has been and remains the in American knowledge production of the ancient Indigenous past.