Sunday, June 1, 2014

History of the LENAPE HISTORY

My engineering instructors taught me check details.  My flight instructors often repeated the pilots’ motto, “In God we trust, and every thing else we check.” 
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Once In my profession as an aircraft engineer, I did not check all the details.  I had the terrifying experience that the test pilots, my friends, might have died except for their skill to overcome my design error.  Now I check evidence. Trusting what is written on paper can be deadly.
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My father, who read every chance he could, taught me to read history.  As a youth I read many books on early American history.  The episodes from the books were often dinnertime conversation.  When I could select an optional course in the university, I choose a five-credit history course. 
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But I was 52 years old when I first read that “nearly four thousand Norse” vanished from Greenland. *  That important detail had been suppressed from many history books for four decades. Because of family and work, I waited 14 more years before I had a chance to check the evidence. 
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Where did four thousand Norse Catholics from Greenland go in AD 1340-50? 
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I read books on Greenland for a year and a half.  Most authorities recorded the vanishing episode.  A few Norwegian authors suggested that migration to America was the best logical answer.
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When I knew most details of Greenland history, I began to search books on early American history to find an American Indian tribe that might be possible descendants of the Greenland Norse.  After three frustrating months, I finally found “Indians of the Woodlands.”  The author, George E. Hyde, wrote that five tribes that had ancestors from a “freezing, snowy, stormy country.” 
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Hyde used the Walam Olum as a valid historical source.  I was stunned that I was nearly 67 years old and I had never heard of the Walam Olum!  Even then I found Hyde's important words, one sentence, only because I was actively searching for evidence!
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I quickly checked out a book on the Delaware, the first tribe that Hyde mentioned.  Then I first saw the Walam Olum pictograph for Chapter 3, stanza 16.  I realized immediately that the pictograph was EVIDENCE that the eastern and northern settlements had decided to walk over the frozen sea to the other side, America!
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So I formed an hypothesis: During the Little Ice Age ancestors of the Lenape-speaking people walked, en masse, on the ice from Norse Greenland to Merica.
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I have since compiled positive and negative evidence on my research web site.
http://www.frozentrail.org/
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The positive evidence eventually overwhelmed the negative evidence.  So, much of the positive evidence is located in the Lenape Epic, Lenape History, Viking Waterway, Wynland of West, and Paradigm Shift blogs.
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I had found one short sentence in an obscure book on American Indiana.  Then I found one illustration in a more detailed book on the Delaware tribe.   That was enough testimony and evidence for me to form a hypothesis. Then, after a lifetime of reading early American history and nearly three years of searching for historical evidence, I was at the START of the search to understand the LENAPE HISTORY.
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 I wondered, and still do, why all the history books I read, why the five credit hour history course, and why shelves full of Indian and Viking books in the youth section of the many libraries have omitted historical facts like:
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that the 4,000 Norse Catholics vanished from Greenland,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Hvalsey
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 that FIVE American Indian Tribes had ancestors from a “freezing, snowy, stormy country, and”
http://delawaretribe.org/blog/2013/06/26/faqs/ 
(Note the cross and the lack of weapons.)
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that the Walam Olum exists.  
http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/walam/wa03.htm
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We are rightfully proud that the United States is one of a few governments that operates by councils. ("We the people ...")  But do our school kids know that stanzas 14,15, &16 of chapter 3 of the Lenape history describe a government by council process that was used by the Norse Catholics when decided to walk away from Greenland during the Little Ice Age?
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Hypothesis: the United States form of governments by council germinated among the Norse Catholics in Greenland before the Little Ice Age.
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Should school kids learn the knowledge that led to this hypothesis?  Please comment.
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To Be Continued
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