Monday, November 19, 2012

DARKNESS


The migration to Akomen, the other side, may have begun after the winter solstice.  The winter solstice was the time when the Lenape celebrated Christmas.  Evidence indicates that they had one last feast before they migrated away from the northern settlement.
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The three loops hanging from the skyline may mean that the migration took three months.  If that time span is correct, it would mean that the group of Lenape would have walked an average 10 miles a day. 
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That rate of travel is a comfortable distance per day.  There is one known journey, where a single man traveled about the same distance on ice.  He averaged over forty miles per day.
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The three marks above the skyline over the land they came to may mean that there were three births during the migration.  The five marks near the land left behind may mean that five people died.
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Other history sources say that nearly 4,000 people migrated.  If the death count is for nearly 4,000 people, the migration was an unbelievable success.  More than five out of nearly 4,000 people might have died if they stayed to stave in the frozen sod homes in Greenland.
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 The five marks above the ice and the one circle indicating a head may mean that there were five migrations of small groups in five successive years.  See the temperature chart for the years of 1347-1351.
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But those five short marks need more  study.  They might mean that five groups migrated in five years, or they might mean that there were five shelters on Ungava Peninsula or five areas where the Lenape settled in James Bay.
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What do you think?
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